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Plumas National Forest Christmas tree cutting permits (personal use) are now available at PNF offices and at participating local businesses starting Nov. 1. The $10 permit allows the buyer to cut a tree through Dec. 24, weather permitting. Permits may also be purchased through the mail.
To receive a permit by mail, send your name, mailing address and telephone number plus a check or money order (payable to USDA Forest Service) to Plumas National Forest, Christmas Tree Permit, P.O. Box 11500, Quincy, CA 95971. Neither cash nor credit cards may be used and a self-addressed stamped envelope is no longer needed.
Buyers must be 18 years or older to purchase the nonrefundable permit and no more than two permits will be mailed to one address or household. Mail requests received after Dec. 1 will be returned, as the Forest Service cannot guarantee those permits will reach their destination before Dec. 24.
Because of the unpredictable weather conditions in the mountains, permit holders should plan to cut a tree as soon as possible, dress appropriately in warm clothing, and be prepared for possible ice and snow on the roads (carry tire chains).
To make it a fun weekend, call local chambers and/or visitor information centers for information about lodging, dining and holiday events in areas near the forest.
Check the PNF website at fs.usda.gov/plumas for other information including participating local businesses (available Nov. 1) and local Forest Service offices.
Plumas National Forest offices selling tree permits are open as follows.
All Forest Service offices are closed on weekends, Veterans Day observance (Nov. 11) and Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28).
Quincy: Mt. Hough Ranger District, 39696 Highway 70, 3 miles north of Quincy, 283-0555, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Supervisor’s Office, 159 Lawrence St., 283-2050, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Blairsden: Beckwourth Ranger District, 23 Mohawk Road, 1/4 mile west of Blairsden on the south side of Highway 70, 836-2575, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Greenville: Information & Work Center, 128 Hot Springs Road, 284-7126, 8 a.m. – noon and 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday.
Oroville: Feather River Ranger District, 875 Mitchell Ave., 534-6500, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Challenge: Challenge Work Center, 18050 Mulock Road, 675-1146, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
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