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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Holiday Trees on the Tahoe National Forest

Nevada City, Calif. – Keep the family tradition alive this year or start a new one by cutting a tree for the holidays in the Tahoe National Forest! Experience cool mountain air, the forest floor crunching beneath your boots, and finding that perfect tree in a hidden glade.

All of these moments await those who purchase a Holiday Tree Cutting Permit for only $10.00 from the Tahoe National Forest or other vendors. Holiday Tree Cutting Permits are available at all locations below beginning November 12, 2019.

Free Trees for 4th Graders

Fourth graders can obtain a FREE Tahoe National Forest Holiday Tree Cutting Permit by presenting an Every Kid Outdoors Pass at their local Tahoe National Forest Office. This opportunity will not be available at private vendors. To obtain an Every Kid Outdoors Pass, please visit:

Please purchase a Holiday Tree Cutting Permit at the following locations:

Supervisor’s Office—Nevada City631 Coyote StNevada City, CA 95959(530) 265-4531American River Ranger District22830 Foresthill RdForesthill, CA 95631(530) 367-2224Sierraville Ranger District317 South Lincoln StSierraville, CA 96126(530) 994-3401 Truckee Ranger District10811 Stockrest Springs RdTruckee, CA 96161(530) 587-3558Yuba River Ranger District15924 Highway 49Camptonville, CA 95922(530) 478-6253
Monday – Friday:9:00 am – 4:30 pmMonday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and certain Saturdays*Monday – Friday:8:00 – 4:30 pmMonday – Friday:8:00 – 4:30 pmMonday – Friday:8:00 – 4:30 pm

All Tahoe National Forest Offices will be closed November 28 and 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Mountain Hardware and Sports11320 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA. 96161 530-587-4844Mon-Sat 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sun 8:00 am -6:00 pmWhite’s Sierra Station Food Mart508 Main Street, Loyalton, CA 96118(530) 993-1212Mon – Fri 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sat 6:00 am – 5:00 pmSierraville Service & Country Store126 South Lincoln Street, Sierraville, CA 96126 (530) 994-3529Mon – Fri 6:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sat 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sun 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Tahoe National Forest Holiday Tree Cutting Permits are only valid on National Forest lands managed by the Tahoe National Forest. Each permit allows the cutting of one tree. Limit two permits per household. For area maps of Holiday Tree cutting zones, cutting requirements, and tips for a great experience, please see attached information sheet or visit and click on the Holiday Tree icon.

In case of snow make your self familiar with California Sno-Parks and their rules

For more information, call or email Joe Flannery, Tahoe National Forest Public Affairs Officer at (530) 478-6205 or

*The American River Ranger District will be open the following Saturdays between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm: Nov. 16, Nov. 23rd, Nov. 30and Dec. 7.

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