You want to try your hand a cutting a wild Christmas tree this year? Cutting permits for the Plumas National Forest have gone on sale.
The $10 permits are good through Dec. 24 and come with a map of approved cutting areas and a list of regulations.
To receive a permit by mail, send a self-addressed business-sized envelope, stamped (64 cents postage) to: Plumas National Forest, Christmas Tree Permit, P.O. Box 11500, Quincy, Calif., 95971. Make checks or money orders (no cash) payable to: USDA Forest Service.
Mailed requests must be received by December 1. But permits also can be purchased from local Forest Service offices or participating community businesses. (See the list below.)
Because of the unpredictable weather conditions in the mountains, forest service officials suggest cutting a tree as soon as possible, dressing appropriately in warm clothing, and being prepared for possible ice and snow on the roads (carry tire chains).
For recorded information about permits, call (530) 836-7117 in Blairsden, or (530) 283-7869 in Quincy. Visit the Plumas National Forest website for information: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/plumas/news/.
For information about lodging, dining, and holiday events in areas near the forest, call the Williams House Museum/Portola Visitor Center (530) 832-0671 in Portola; Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce (530) 836-6811, in Blairsden; the Quincy Chamber of Commerce (530) 283-0188 or the Plumas County Visitor Bureau (530) 283-6345, both in Quincy; the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce (530) 284-6633 in Greenville; and the Oroville Chamber of Commerce (530) 538-2542 in Oroville.
NATIONAL FOREST OFFICES SELLING CHRISTMAS TREE PERMITS
All offices are closed on weekends, Nov. 11 for Veteran's Day and on Thanksgiving Day.
Quincy: Mt. Hough Ranger District, 39696 Highway 70, three miles north of Quincy, (530) 283-0555, (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday).
Supervisor's Office, 159 Lawrence St., (530) 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, (530) 836-2575 (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday).
Greenville: Information & Work Center, 128 Hot Springs Road, (530) 284-7126, (8 a.m. - noon and 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Thursday - Friday).
Oroville: Feather River Ranger District, 875 Mitchell Ave., (530) 534-6500, (8 a.m. -4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday).
Challenge: Challenge VIS, 18050 Mulock Road, (530) 675-1146 (9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday).
BUSINESSES SELLING CHRISTMAS TREE PERMITS
In the Portola-Blairsden-Doyle-Sierraville area:
The Mark, Herlong (530) 827-2286
Doyle Payless, Doyle (530) 827-2880
Hallelujah Junction General Store, Hallelujah Junction (530) 993-0110
J&J Grizzly Store & Camping Resort, Portola (530) 832-0270
Williams House Museum, Portola (530) 832-0671
Chalet View Lodge, Maybe (530) 832-5528
Mountain Hardware & Sports, Blairsden (530) 836-2589
River Pines Resort, Graeagle (530) 836-2552
Happy Hunting Ground, Graeagle (530) 836-1171
Sierraville Service, Sierraville (530) 994-3529
Quincy-Meadow Valley area:
Chevron, Quincy (530) 283-3999
Fuelstar/Beacon, Quincy (530) 283-1175
One Stop, Quincy (530) 283-9203
76 Unocal, Quincy (530) 283-2636
Sav-Mor, Quincy (530) 283-2370
Greenville-Crescent Mills-Taylorsville Area:
Evergreen Market (530) 284-7313
Clipper Mills Area:
McLanes, Clipper Mills (530) 675-2409
Ray's Hardware, Brownsville (530) 675-2383
Wagon Wheel Market, Oroville (530) 589-1824
La Porte Area:
La Porte General Store, La Porte (530) 675-2711