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Forest Service’s Christmas tree cutting permits are hot item

A young evergreen stands covered with snow while dwarfed by taller cousins in the El Dorado National Forest.
A young evergreen stands covered with snow while dwarfed by taller cousins in the El Dorado National Forest. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

People looking for a holiday bargain have snapped up all the Christmas tree permits in the Tahoe National Forest’s Sierraville Ranger District.

The Tahoe National Forest tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the 400 personal use Christmas tree cutting permits available in the district sold out in four days. The permits, which sell for $10 each, allow buyers to cut trees in specified areas.

The Twitter post noted that permits are still available in the Plumas National Forest.

The Eldorado National Forest also is offering Christmas tree permits, with information at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD523551.

Although the Christmas tree cutting permits are valid through Dec. 25, Forest Service officials recommend cutting trees early in the season before higher elevations become snowbound.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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