The U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin selling Christmas tree permits Nov. 24. The last day to cut a tree will be Dec. 25.
The permits cost $10 each – cash or check only, no credit cards – with a limit of two permits per family. The permits must be purchased in person, are not transferable and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
In South Lake Tahoe, the permits will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Forest Supervisor’s office, 35 College Drive. For more information, call (530) 543-2694.
On the north shore, sales will not begin until Nov. 26, since the office is open Wednesday through Friday, also from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The office is at 855 Alder Ave. in Incline Village, Nev.
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During winter-weather driving conditions, call ahead to the Incline Village office at (775) 831-0914 to make sure it’s open.
Both offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day.
Permit holders may choose from a variety of pine, fir or cedar trees in designated cutting areas. Maps to the areas and cutting regulations will be provided with the permits.
“Cutting a Christmas tree offers a traditional holiday experience, while helping to thin the forest of excessive smaller-diameter trees, which creates a healthier forest over time,” Lisa Herron, a unit spokesperson, said in a news release.
More information is available at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/ChristmasTreePermits.