The Bureau of Land Management, Ely District Office has begun selling permits for Christmas trees and has extended a program to give free Christmas tree permits to fourth graders.

Christmas tree permits are $3 per tree plus a $1 road maintenance fee, for a total of $4 per tree.  There is a limit of 10 per purchaser.  Permits may be purchased in-person, by telephone or through the mail.

For the second year in a row, free Christmas tree permits are available to Nevada fourth graders as part of the U.S. Department of Interior’s “Every Kid in a Park” program.  BLM Nevada State Director John Ruhs authorized the free Christmas tree program for fourth graders to continue in Nevada this year

.As part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, every fourth grader is eligible to receive a pass that allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full year. The BLM will make available a free Christmas tree permit to every interested fourth grader with a valid 4th Grade Pass or paper voucher, which can be obtained on the website at

Permits will be sold over-the-counter at the Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, in Ely, through noon, Friday, Dec. 23.  Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Permits are also available at Great Basin National Park Lehman Cave Visitor Center through noon, Friday, Dec. 23.  Visitor Center hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week.

Mail-in requests will be accepted through 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9.  All mail-in requests must include payment in the form of a check or money order payable to the Bureau of Land Management.  Requests should be addressed to the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV, 89301.  Please allow one week for processing.

Only pinyon pine, juniper and white fir may be harvested.  The cutting of all other trees is prohibited.  Christmas trees may be harvested on all BLM-administered public lands except those designated as wilderness or wilderness study areas.  The Ely (District) Resource Management Plan also prohibits Christmas tree harvesting in the Blue Mass, Highland Range, Lower Meadow Valley Wash, Mount Irish, Shoshone Ponds and Swamp Cedar areas of critical environmental concern.

For more information or to purchase a permit by telephone, call the BLM Ely District Office at (775) 289-1800.