Christmas tree permits to go on sale |

Christmas tree permits to go on sale

Gregory Crofton
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune file Allan King, left, and Carol Muir haul a conifer to their truck last season.

Sharpen your ax and dust off those ornaments. It’s almost time to chop a Christmas tree from the forest.

Next week the U.S. Forest Service will put 1,500 permits up for sale allowing people to cut a fresh pine, fir or cedar tree from specific areas of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Last year the Forest Service made 1,000 permits available and most of them sold, said Rex Norman, public affairs officer for the agency.

The rules: A permit costs $10; one tree is allowed per family; and cutting must be done no later than Dec. 24. People who buy a permit will be provided information and maps about the cutting areas to help them find the type of tree they want.

“There will be several different locations,” Norman said. “The places will be convenient for folks all throughout the basin.”

The permits go on sale Nov.18 at the Forest Supervisor’s Office at 35 College Dr. They will remain for sale until Dec. 17 or until no permits are left. For more information about tree permits available for the South Shore, call (530) 543-2694.

After the holidays, South Tahoe Refuse traditionally makes curbside pickups of the trees, which are chipped and made available to the public.

On the North Shore, permits will be sold starting Nov. 18 at the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 380 North Lake Blvd., in Tahoe City. For more information, call (530) 581-6900.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest also plan to sell Christmas tree permits. Starting Nov. 22, the agencies will make 3,500 permits available at $10 each.

For more information, call the BLM Carson City Field Office at (775) 885-6000 or call the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Sparks at (775) 331-6444.

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