Keep winter traditions alive this holiday season by bringing home a Christmas tree from the Tahoe National Forest. Breathe in cool mountain air, feel the forest floor crunching beneath your boots, and experience the thrill of finding that perfect tree in a hidden glade to cut down with your family.
The Tahoe National Forest will begin selling a limited number of Christmas tree permits through recreation.gov beginning Nov. 9, 2021.
Non-refundable permits are $10. Each permit is valid for one tree and there is a limit of two permits per household. Permits may only be used on the Tahoe National Forest between Nov. 9 and Dec. 31.
Off-road travel is not allowed. Permit holders should be prepared to hike, ski or snowshoe to find their Christmas tree, and should bring a tape measure, saw or ax, tarp and rope to cut and transport their tree.
The Tahoe National Forest has limitations on tree sizes and species that are available for cutting. Permit holders are also asked to review both requirements and maps posted on recreation.gov to ensure their selected tree meets permit guidelines and is located within forest boundaries.
Although tree cutting is permitted through the end of December, officials recommend cutting early in the season before higher elevations become inaccessible due to snow and ice. Trees can stay fresh for several weeks if properly stored. Because trees begin to lose moisture as soon as they are cut, place them in water as soon as possible.
Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and cold conditions in higher elevations. Check weather and road conditions prior to departure. Ensure your gas tank is full, and pack warm clothing, water, emergency food and tire chains.
For more information about the Tahoe National Forest, go to www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe.