CARSON CITY - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, began selling Christmas tree cutting permits on Nov. 12. The permits allow cutting a pinyon pine or juniper tree on designated BLM lands primarily in the Pinenut Mountains between Carson City and Yerington, the Clan Alpine and Desatoya mountains east of Fallon, and the Excelsior Mountains southeast of Hawthorne. Maps and directions are available with permit purchase. The cost per permit is five dollars.

There is no limit to the number of permits that may be purchased; the permits are for individual use only. Collection of trees for resale requires a special permit.

The BLM permits for Christmas trees will be sold at the locations listed below. The Reno and Carson City BLM offices accept credit cards, cash, and checks; other locations only accept cash or checks made payable to the BLM.

Tree cutters should be prepared with warm clothing, first aid kit, extra food and water, heavy rope or chain, shovel and tire chains, in the event of bad road conditions or inclement weather. Some cutting areas may be inaccessible after snowfall, so it is advisable to cut trees early in the season.

For more information please contact Coreen Francis, Carson City BLM Forester, at (775) 885-6161 or Coreen_Francis@blm.gov.