Lake Tahoe Christmas tree cutting permits on sale next week |

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.

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 

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.

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