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Nearly 200 Washoe County foster and Nevada National Guard families will be offered a free Christmas tree.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Marie Fong
(775) 813-3629 or (775) 785-4512 x104
MA 14-207

Reno, Nevada. Dec. 1, 2014. Washoe County Park Rangers will be harvesting nearly 260 trees from Galena Creek Regional Park and donating them to local foster and Nevada National Guard families. The trees are located to the east/downslope of Marilyn’s Pond, the Historic Fish Hatchery, and Camp We-Ch-Me. The area has a fuels reduction plan in place to help protect and manage not only the forest resources but also the historical and cultural sites. Since the trees have to go, Park Rangers decided the smaller white fir trees would make wonderful holiday trees and offered to cut and donate them to foster families. Washoe County Roads staff will be helping transport the trees from Galena Creek to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Park Rangers have been working with Washoe County Social Services and the Nevada Air and Army National Guard to get notice of the tree donation program to over 200 contracted foster families within Washoe County and National Guard families in Nevada. The trees will be cut Tuesday, Dec. 2 and distributed to foster families Saturday, Dec. 6, at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

During the event, the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) will be on-hand with a fire crew and special guest Smokey Bear. Families will also be able to enjoy free admission to the Wilbur D. May Museum that day. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, a local private, non-profit organization, will offer free Christmas tree recycling to these families after the event.


  • WHAT: Washoe County to harvest Christmas trees for local foster and Nevada National Guard families
  • WHERE: Galena Creek Regional Park, 18350 Mt. Rose Hwy, Reno
  • WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Interviews will be available between 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • CONTACT: Please contact Park Ranger Marie Fong at 775-813-3629 to arrange access to the tree-cutting event.


  • WHAT: Local foster and Nevada National Guard families will be collecting free holiday trees, and an NDF fire crew and Smokey Bear will be on-hand. Foster families will also be offered free admission to the Wilbur D. May Museum.
  • WHERE: Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., Reno
  • WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • CONTACT: Park Ranger Marie Fong at (775) 813-3629

Galena Creek and Rancho San Rafael Regional Parks are owned and managed by Washoe County through its Community Services Department. Washoe County aims to provide exceptional parks and open space, and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources. For more information, visit http://www.washoecountyparks.com/.