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Christmas Tree permits available for Mendocino National Forest

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — The Mendocino National Forest is once again offering Christmas tree permits.

Christmas tree permits can be purchased for $10 each, limited to one per household. The number of permits is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits are good for this year only.

Permits can be purchased by mail or in person at the Willows, Upper Lake or Covelo forest offices or at one of these vendors: Upper Lake Grocery, M&M Feed, Keith’s Family Foods or Sacramento River Discovery Center.

To purchase a permit by mail, please complete the Mail Order Form and print name, mailing address and phone number for each permit purchased. Include a check or money order made out to “USDA Forest Service” for $10 for each permit and send it to either the Willows, Upper Lake or Covelo office with “Christmas Tree Permit” written on the outside of the envelope. Mail-in requests received after December 14 will not be filled.

Persons must be at least 18 years old to purchase the permit. All Christmas tree permit sales are final; no refunds will be made. Christmas tree cutting will be allowed only in specific areas in the Mendocino National Forest. The permittee will receive a map of the forest and a tree tag. Permits may be used to cut a tree in any authorized area within the Mendocino National Forest.

When heading out to the forest to cut a Christmas tree, forest officials remind visitors to follow these important tips for a safe and enjoyable experience:

• Plan your trip and check the weather forecast.
• Bring plenty of warm clothes, water, food, tire chains, shovel, a saw or axe to cut your tree and a tarp and rope to bring it home.
• Keep vehicles on designated roads and be prepared for changing weather and road conditions. Be aware of safety hazards when travelling through a burned area.
• Carry emergency equipment in vehicles and remember there may not be cell phone coverage.
• Cut the tree early in the season before favorite cutting areas can’t be reached because of snow.
• Make sure you are cutting a tree on the Mendocino National Forest and not on other federal, state or private lands.
• Cut the tree as close as possible to the ground and leave as little of a stump as possible.
• Attach the permit on the tree where it will be easily visible with the tree packed or tied on your vehicle for transport home.

Christmas tree permits are available from the following forest offices and vendors.

Mendocino National Forest Supervisor’s Office
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988

Upper Lake Ranger Station
10025 Elk Mountain Road
Upper Lake, CA 95485

Covelo Ranger Station
78150 Covelo Road
Covelo, CA 95428

Upper Lake Grocery
160 E. Highway 20
Upper Lake, CA 95485

M&M Feed
74540 Hill Rd.
Covelo, CA 95428

Keith’s Family Foods
76201 Covelo Rd.
Covelo, CA 95428

Sacramento River Discovery Center
1000 Sale Lane
Red Bluff, CA 96080

Art of North Coast painter Grace Hudson to return home

NORTH COAST, Calif. — A prized collection of artist Grace Hudson’s paintings are returning home to Mendocino County in a unique agreement reached with the Palm Springs Art Museum in Southern California.


The pact provides for the direct gift of 16 Hudson artworks to the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, and a long-term loan of two other oil paintings.


Hudson was known for her work focusing on the region’s Pomo Indians, completing several hundred portraits of them.


The Palm Springs collection includes two oil paintings Hudson did in 1901 during a transformative sojourn in Hawaii. Her work from that period is rare.


Also in the gifted collection are five sepia portraits (bitumen on canvas) of local Pomo elders in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and oil paintings that depict a sweat lodge, hop fields and an Ukiah Valley landscape with the subtle presence of a figure carrying wood in a Pomo burden basket.


There are two unfinished portraits, “Indian Girl” and “Head of Indian Girl,” that Grace Hudson Museum staff believes will be useful for research purposes. Lastly, there are two small landscapes of historic Todd Grove, and the old Fish Hatchery that once existed along Gibson Creek on Ukiah’s west side.


Costs associated with the transfer of the paintings were underwritten by a grant from the Miner Anderson Family Foundation in San Francisco.


Author/filmmaker Robert Mailer Anderson has deep ties to Mendocino County, where he graduated from Anderson Valley High School. An uncle, Bruce Anderson, is editor/publisher of the Anderson Valley Advertiser.


Norma Person, a Sonoma County philanthropist and widow of former newspaper publisher Evert Person, pledged her support if needed for the transfer agreement with the Palm Springs Museum in addition to making a generous contribution to help ease pandemic related financial losses at the Hudson.


The Persons to date are the single largest financial contributors to the Grace Hudson Museum.


“We are happy to help return this special collection to Mendocino County,” said Robert Mailer Anderson. Palm Springs Art Museum staff contacted the Grace Hudson Museum about the possibility of gifting the collection last May.


Rather than sell the individual Hudson art works to collectors on the open market, senior staff at the Palm Springs museum decided that gifting the artwork to the Grace Hudson Museum would be the best outcome for the public, scholars, and art historians. Three of the Hudson paintings coming to Ukiah were gifted to the Palm Springs museum by a trust established by the late actor and artist George Montgomery. Another Hudson painting was given by a trust of actor William Holden.

The newly acquired paintings from Palm Springs are to arrive at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah in early January. Museum Director Burton said they will be the centerpieces of a new exhibit highlighting recent acquisitions, scheduled to open in February.


Kelseyville Christmas in the Country

Friday December 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Community Event, Family Fun, Holiday Event

Come to downtown Kelseyville for the Annual Parade of Lights , merchant open house, photos with Santa Claus and much more!


Sat, Dec 11 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Middletown, CA-Community Event, Family Fun, Festival, Holiday Event