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Monday, November 21, 2011

Mendocino National Forest: Christmas tree permits go on sale today

WILLOWS — Christmas tree permits go on sale in the Mendocino National Forest today. The permits have been available in the Lassen and Plumas national forests since Nov. 1.
Permits are $10 per tree at Forest Service offices and up to $11 each at private vendors. They will be sold through Dec. 16 and are good through Dec. 24.
The Mendocino Forest only accepts cash or check as payment and sales are final, with no refunds. Permittees will receive a tree tag and map of the forest.
There is a limit of one permit per household. Individuals must be 18 or older to purchase a permit.
To purchase a permit by mail, send a printed name and mailing address, a printed name and address for each permit purchased, a daytime telephone number, and a check or money order made out to "USDA Forest Service" for $10 to the Mendocino National Forest Supervisor's Office/Grindstone Ranger District Office, 825 N. Humboldt Ave., Willows, CA, 95988, with "Christmas Tree Permit" written on the outside of the envelope. Mail-in requests received after Dec. 13 will not be filled.
A form can be found online at, under "Passes & Permits" and the subcategory "Forest Products Permits."
Permit holders should be aware that federal and state quarantines to prevent the spread of sudden oak death are in effect for Lake and Mendocino counties.
Christmas tree permits can be purchased from the following forest offices for $10:

  • Mendocino National Forest Supervisor's Office/Grindstone Ranger District Office, 825 N. Humboldt Ave., Willows, 934-3316, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

  • Stonyford Work Center, 5171 Stonyford-Elk Creek Road, 963-3128, 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday-Saturday.
    These vendors also sell the permits for $11:

  • Nancy's Elkhorn Family Lodge, 2745 County Road 306, Elk Creek, 968-5312.

  • Sacramento River Discovery Center, 1000 Sale Lane, Red Bluff, 527-1196.

  • Stonyford General Store, 292 Market St., Stonyford, 963-3235.

  • Squaw Creek Inn & Resort, 4425 Sites Ladoga Road, Stonyford, 963-3483.

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