Christmas tree tags are available now from the Bureau of Land Management in Elko. The BLM tree permits are $4.00 each with a limit of 10 per individual. Permits for tree cutting on BLM administered lands can be obtained at the Elko BLM Office, 3900 Idaho Street, during regular office hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits may also be obtained by mail from the BLM, Elko BLM Office, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801 before December 11th. Mail-in requests should include a check or money order payable to the Department of Interior-BLM, a return address, and the name and address of each person requesting a tree.

Additionally, BLM tree permits are available at the Wells Forest Service Office, 140 Pacific Ave, Wells, NV 89835, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Montello Post Office. 143 Front St, Montello, NV 89830, Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 to 11 a.m.

Pinyon pine and Utah juniper are the only trees that can be cut on BLM administered lands. Trees cannot be cut in areas designated as wilderness study areas. 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 BLM advises tree cutters to plan ahead. 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.