Christmas tree permits available in Tahoe Basin |

Christmas tree permits available in Tahoe Basin

Cutting your own Christmas tree isn’t only an family outing, it helps keep the forest fire resistant, say U.S. Forest Service officials.

With that in mind, the Forest Service in the Tahoe Basin is issuing permits to cut holiday trees starting today.

Permits are being offered to help reduce hazardous fuel ladders that have built up over years of fire suppression.

Removal of excessive amounts of small trees from the forest will help create a

healthier forest over time, according to the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

A limited number of permits will be available for sale. Permits cost $10 each with a limit of two permits per family.

Permit holders may choose from varieties of pine, fir or cedar, in designated cutting areas, and must abide by specific permit conditions, according to the Forest Service.

On the North Shore, permits will be sold at the new North Tahoe Forest Service Office beginning today.

Permit sales will continue Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Dec. 23 or when permit supply is exhausted.

The North Tahoe Forest Service Office is located at 3080 N. Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City on Highway 28, two miles east of the Tahoe City wye.