Permits to cut Christmas trees in Tahoe go on sale Nov. 24

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.

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.