By Melissa Wynn

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Happy Holidays to our Mountain Valley neighbors! ‘Tis once again the season to put up the family Christmas tree. My favorite part is tree cutting day. Hot chocolate, snowball fights, and the hunt for the perfect tree are all part of the tradition. If your family wants to get in on the fun, there are plenty of trees out there to choose from. Cutting permits are currently on sale for $10, limit 2 per household, and include a map of designated cutting areas. Tree cutters are required to attach the permit to the tree before leaving the cutting area to avoid penalties. Mountain weather is unpredictable this time of year, so be sure to dress appropriately and be ready for ice and snow. It is also a great idea to bring along a tarp. It will protect the branches while dragging the tree and also keep the stray pine needles contained for easy clean up. Less work = more fun. Save the trimmed branches for wreath making on decorating day. Nothing says “Christmas is coming” like the smell of fresh cut pine. For recorded information on Christmas tree permits, call 530-836-7177 or 530-283-7869. You can purchase a permit at your local Forest Service office or Ranger Station. Permits are also on sale at the following businesses and locations:

Portola/Blairsden/Doyle/Sierraville Area

  • Doyle Payless
  • Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce – Blairsden
  • Graeagle Outpost
  • Hallelujah Junction General Store
  • Sierraville Service
  • Williams House Museum – Portola

Quincy/Meadow Valley Area

  • Blue Sky Chevron
  • Fuelstar/Beacon
  • One Stop
  • Plumas County Visitor Center
  • 76 Unocal
  • Sav-Mor

Lassen National Forest Supervisor’s Office

2550 Riverside Drive

Susanville, CA 96130

(530) 257-2151

Almanor Ranger District

900 E. Hwy 36, P.O. Box 767

Chester, CA 96020

(530) 258-2141

Eagle Lake Ranger District

477-050 Eagle Lake Road

Susanville, CA 96130

(530) 257-4188