Holiday tree permit sales to begin in the Lake Tahoe Basin |

Holiday tree permit sales to begin in the Lake Tahoe Basin

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Beginning this week, the U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, will offer permits that allow the public to select and cut holiday trees in the Tahoe Basin.

In addition to the traditional experience, the permitted collection of smaller diameter trees -a trunk of 6 inches in diameter or less – contributes to a reduction of overgrowth, particularly among firs, which are also the most sought after varieties over the holidays.

Permits cost $10 each, paid by cash or check only. There will be a limit of two permits per family, valid for cutting down one tree on or before Dec. 24.

Those purchasing permits will receive information to assist with tree selection, as well as maps designating the tree cutting areas.

Permit holders may choose from varieties of pine, fir or cedar trees in designated cutting areas, and must abide by specific permit conditions for proper and responsible collection. Permit holders are reminded to respect private property and not trespass when entering or leaving designated National Forest cutting areas.

Permit sales will be available at two locations:

In South Lake Tahoe, permits are now available at the forest service office at 35 College Drive, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ending Dec. 23.

In North Lake Tahoe, permits will be sold at the forest service office at 3080 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, beginning today. Sales will continue Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., through Dec. 23. During harsh weather and driving conditions, call the office at (530) 583-3593 to determine availability.

Both offices will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving.

For more information, contact the forest service office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at (530) 543-2694.

The Bureau of Land Management is also offering tree cutting permits. The BLM cutting permits for pinon pine trees are available for $5 each, primarily on forested BLM lands in the Pinenut Mountains between Carson City and Yerington, the Clan Alpine and Desatoya Mountains east of Fallon, and the Excelsior Mountains southeast of Hawthorn. Maps and directions are available with permit purchase, and there is not permit limit.

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