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Saturday, November 20, 2010

USFS: Christmas tree cutting permits are available

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. Nov. 19, 2010 - Christmas tree cutting permits are available through December 22 for $5.00 per tree, with a limit of one tree per household at the following Forest Service offices:

Bridgeport Ranger Station
HC 62, Box 1000, Xmas Tree Permit
Bridgeport, CA 93517
8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center
2501 Hwy. 203, PO Box 148
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
White Mountain Ranger Station
Bishop, CA
8:030 a.m. – 12:00, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.,

*Please note that all stations and Visitor Centers will be closed on November 25 (Thanksgiving).
Permits also are available by mail to the above Bridgeport address as long as a check or money order is enclosed, made out to USDA Forest Service (purchaser’s name and return address required for this transaction). Permits are non-refundable.

Directions to cutting areas and applicable maps may be obtained at the issuing office or by calling the above-listed offices. Tags are valid for the entire Bridgeport Ranger District, with the following exceptions: campgrounds, designated wilderness areas, and within 100 feet of any stream bank or other water sources, and administrative sites.

Information regarding regulations and conditions for retrieving trees are attached to the permit, such as:

* Cutting trees that are 12 feet-or-less tall
* Leaving a maximum of a six-inch stump (above the ground, not the snow surface)
* Refraining from tree topping

Winter Forest visitors are always advised to dress appropriately, bring along emergency items such as chains, snow tires, a shovel, a first-aid kit, blankets, extra food/water, and tell trusted parties their expected cutting location and departure/return times.

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