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Forest Service reminds people to be careful if tree cutting this weekend

All Plumas National Forest offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26. Offices will resume normal “virtual” business hours on Friday, Nov. 27.

Unless you have previously requested a permit by mail, Christmas tree cutting permits are now only available on-line at www.recreation.gov/tree-permits/plumas . Prior to purchasing a permit, carefully review the Need-to-Know and Planning Your Trip information provided on the page. Visitors to the Recreation.gov site will need to create a new account—or log in to an existing account—to complete their transaction. Permits are $10 plus a $2.50 service fee. All sales are final with no refunds. Trees may be cut through Dec. 31.

Know that forest roads are now wet, muddy, or have snow on them, especially at higher elevations. Be situationally aware and have a back-up plan for emergencies, particularly if you are traveling off a major highway. Cell phone can be spotty in rural areas (think tow trucks).

For more information about Christmas Tree Permits and cutting your tree on the Plumas National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas and www.Facebook.com/usfsplumas.

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