Lake Tahoe Christmas tree cutting permits on sale next week
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The U.S. Forest Service will begin the sale of Christmas tree permits on Monday, Nov. 16, at Lake Tahoe.
Permits cost $10 each (cash or check are preferred on the South Shore; cash or check only, no credit cards on the North Shore), with a limit of two permits per family.
Permits are available for purchase until noon on Dec. 24, but may sell out before then. The last day to cut a tree is Dec. 25.
Permit holders may choose from a variety of pine, fir or cedar in designated cutting areas, according to USFS. Maps to designated cutting areas are provided at the time of purchase.
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Further, in support of Every Kid in a Park, established under presidential proclamation, USFS will offer one free tree permit to fourth-grade students who present a valid paper voucher or durable Every Kid in a Park pass.
“The Every Kid in a Park initiative encourages fourth-graders and their families to get out and enjoy their public lands,” Tahoe Forest Supervisor Jeff Marsolais said in a statement. “By providing students and their families an opportunity to go out and cut a free Christmas tree on National Forest System land, we hope to inspire a lasting commitment to caring for and preserving these lands.”
To obtain the paper voucher and to learn more about the Every Kid in a Park program, visit http://www.EveryKidinaPark.gov.
Permits will be sold in two locations (both offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day):
• Incline Village Forest Service office, 855 Alder Ave. beginning Wednesday, Nov. 18. Office open Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call 775-831-0914. During winter weather, call the Incline office to make sure it is open.
• Forest Supervisor’s office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, beginning Monday, Nov. 16. Office open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call 530543-2694.
“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, according to USFS.
Visit fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/ChristmasTreePermits for information.
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