Lake Tahoe Basin Tree Permits will Be sold In Person Only This Season
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., Oct. 26, 2022 –Cutting a Christmas tree offers families a traditional holiday experience and the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is pleased to announce the sale of Christmas tree permits begins Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. Permits will be sold in-person only at the South Lake Tahoe Forest Supervisor’s office at 35 College Drive. Permits cost $10 each, with a limit of one permit per family or address. The Forest Supervisor’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8 to 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays.
This year cutting will be limited to the following three areas: Fountain Place Road (1201) at the end of Oneidas Street off Pioneer Trail; Lower Barker Pass Road in Blackwood Canyon (15N38) off SR 89; and Baldwin Beach Road (1305) off SR 89. Maps will be provided at the time of purchase.
Permits must be purchased by the individual cutting the tree and are not transferable. Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis during regular business hours while supplies last. Cutting under these permits will be allowed until December 31, to accommodate military families and others who may need to celebrate a delayed Christmas.
In support of the Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) Program, the LTBMU will offer one free Christmas tree permit to fourth-grade students who present a valid EKO pass. The student must be present to obtain the permit and when cutting the tree. Visit the EKO website for more information and to obtain the EKO pass.
Permit holders may choose from a variety of pine, fir, or cedar trees. Select a tree that is less than six inches in diameter at the base of the tree and is within 10 feet of another green tree. Cut down the entire tree (not just the top) and leave a stump that is six inches or less above the ground. Scatter discarded branches away from roads, ditches, and culverts. Attach the tag to the tree, ensuring it remains visible before leaving the cutting area.
Permit holders should follow permit guidelines for responsible collection, including not trespassing onto private property when entering or leaving National Forest cutting areas. Park legally, do not block gates and be prepared to hike to the cutting area to find a tree. Keep in mind no off-road travel is allowed.
Weather conditions in the mountains are unpredictable and travel during winter weather can be dangerous due to wet and/or icy roads. Visitors should avoid cutting on wet, windy days as wind gusts may cause branches or trees to fall. Check the weather before heading out and always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Dress appropriately for cold weather conditions and be prepared for ice and snow. Carry tire chains, a shovel, and bring emergency supplies, including water, food, extra blankets, and a first-aid kit. Keep in mind, mobile devices may not work in some areas. Develop an emergency plan in case you cannot call for help.
For online permits, check www.recreation.gov for nearby forests.