FOR RELEASE: November 5, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-11
CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING PERMITS AVAILABLE SOON
The holiday season will soon be here and it will be time once again for that traditional family event, cutting a live Christmas tree. Trees are a renewable resource; cutting one down simply provides more growing space for other trees.
Christmas tree tags will be available beginning November 12, at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office. BLM tree permits are $3.00 each with a limit of five per person. Tags for Christmas tree cutting on BLM-administered lands in the Elko area can be purchased at the BLM office, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, during regular office hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by mail from the BLM, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801 before December 11. Mail-in requests should include a check or money order payable to the Department of the Interior-BLM, a return address, and the name and address of each person requesting a tree.
Additionally, BLM tree tags are available at the Wendover Port of Entry, open 4:30 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week; at the Montello Post Office, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays; and at the Wells Forest Service Office, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Pinion pine and Utah juniper are the only Christmas trees that can be cut on BLM administered lands. BLM areas recommended for tree hunters are Spruce Mountain, east of Ruby Valley; Cherry Creek Range, west of Currie; the Leach Mountains, west of Montello; Dolly Varden Mountain, northeast of Currie; Pequop Mountains and Wood Hills, both east of Wells; Pilot Range, north of Wendover; and Sugar Loaf Peak, south of the Goshute Mountains. The Sulpher Spring Range beginning at the Mineral Hill area and going north is not recommended due to the fires which burned a large portion of the forest in that area.
People are advised to plan ahead for their tree-cutting activities. Cold weather combined with snow can make travel into the mountains dangerous. Emergency equipment and supplies such as chains, snow tires, a first aid kit, blankets, and extra food and water are recommended. Always tell someone where you are going and an expected return time. Have a safe outing.