The Bureau of Land Management Ely District is making Christmas tree-cutting permits available to the public. Permits cost $5 each with a limit of 10 per purchaser.

Purchase permits in-person at the Ely District and Caliente Field offices, online or by telephone.  

The offices will conduct over-the-counter sales through noon on Friday, Dec. 23. The Ely District Office is located at 702 North Industrial Way, in Ely. 

The Caliente Field Office is located at 1400 S. Front Street, in Caliente. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Permits will also be available at the Great Basin National Park Lehman Caves Visitor Center during regular business hours through Saturday, Dec. 24. Visitor Center hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week, excluding Thanksgiving Day. 

Permits are available for purchase online 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the BLM Special Forest Products Online Permit Sales Pilot Program. To purchase a permit online, go to https://forestproducts.blm.gov/. Click on Nevada, select the Bristlecone or Caliente Field Office, and select Christmas tree. Complete and submit the application. 

Enter your credit/debit card information. Your payment will be processed within minutes, and you may print your permit.

Additional information, including stipulations and a map are available for download. All purchased permits are final, no refunds will be granted. 

To purchase a permit(s) over the phone using a credit or debit card, call the Ely District Office at 775-289-1800 or Caliente Field Office at 775-726-8100.  

Christmas trees may be harvested on all BLM-administered lands except those designated wilderness and wilderness study areas. 

The Ely (District) Resource Management Plan also prohibits Christmas tree harvesting in the Blue Mass, Lower Meadow Valley Wash, Mount Irish, Shoshone Ponds and Swamp Cedar areas of critical environmental concern. Only pinion-pine, juniper and white fir may be harvested. The cutting of all other trees is prohibited. 

For more information, call the Ely District Office at 775-289-1800 or Caliente Field Office at 775-726-8100. 



Bureau of Land Management Christmas tree permits available in the Elko District

The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District will have Christmas tree cutting permits available for purchase from Nov. 1 until Dec. 24. 

Permits are available at the Elko District Office, 3900 E. Idaho St, during regular office hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

Permits may also be obtained online through the BLM Special Forest Products Online System. Online permits are available for purchase 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

To purchase a permit online, go to https://forestproducts.blm.gov/. Click on Nevada, select the Elko District, and then select Christmas Tree. 

Complete and submit the application. Enter your credit/debit card information. Your payment will be processed within minutes, and you may print your permit. 

You will also receive an email with all the maps, stipulations, Christmas Tree Tag and all the documentation you will need to safely cut a Christmas tree from your BLM-administered land. All purchased permits are final, no refunds will be granted.

Additionally, BLM tree permits are available at the Montello Post Office. 143 Front St, Montello, NV 89830, Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Christmas tree permits are $4 each, with a limit of 10 per person and are for individual use only.

The following forms of payment will be accepted: check, cash, or credit card. The permit allows the purchaser to cut Pinyon Pine and Juniper trees only, on Bureau of Land Management administered lands.

Trees cannot be cut in areas designated as wilderness study areas (WSA’s). Upon purchase, a map of tree cutting areas will be provided along with the stipulations of the permit.

BLM areas recommended for tree hunters are Spruce Mountain, east of Ruby Valley; Cherry Creek Range, west of Currie; the Murdock 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.  Have a safe outing.