SIERRAVILLE, Calif. - Keep the family tradition alive this year (or start a new one) by cutting a Christmas tree in the Tahoe National Forest! On your adventure enjoy some cool mountain air while spending quality time with your family. For the holiday season, the Sierraville Ranger District on the Tahoe National Forest is selling personal use Christmas tree cutting permits starting on Friday, November 17. The non-refundable permits are $10.00 and good for one tree. There is a limit of two permits per household and buyers must be present to purchase. Permits may be used only on the Sierraville Ranger District between November 17 and December 25, 2017. Along with the permit and tree tag, buyers will also receive a map showing cutting areas, requirements and helpful tips.
Although tree cutting is permitted through December 25, the Forest Service recommends cutting early in the season before higher elevations become snowbound. Trees can stay fresh for several weeks when properly stored. Because trees begin to lose moisture as soon as they are cut, place them in water as soon as possible. The Forest Service asks permit holders to practice good stewardship and be sure the Christmas tree is located on Tahoe National Forest land.
Tree cutters should be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and colder conditions in higher elevations. A fun family outing can become miserable and even dangerous with a quick change of weather for the unprepared. Tree cutting areas may not be accessible by some vehicles due to rough road conditions. Tree cutters should be prepared to hike, ski, or snowshoe to find their Christmas tree. Plan your trip by: checking the weather and road conditions; letting someone know where you are going and when you will return; having a full tank of fuel in your vehicle; and bringing plenty of warm clothes, water, emergency food, tire chains, shovel, a saw or axe to cut your tree, and a tarp and rope to bring it home.
Permits may be purchased directly from the Sierraville Ranger District office during normal business hours or at White’s Sierra Station in Loyalton. Permits can be purchased until December 24 or until they are sold out. The Sierraville office will be closed November 23 and 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
NATIONAL FOREST OFFICE
Sierraville Ranger District Office
317 South Lincoln Street (Highway 89)
Sierraville, CA 96126
Monday–Friday (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
LOCAL COMMUNITY BUSINESS
White’s Sierra Station Food Mart
508 Main Street
Loyalton, CA 96118
Monday–Friday (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
For more Tahoe National Forest information, go to www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/Tahoe_NF and “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TahoeNF.
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Michael J. Woodbridge
Public Affairs Officer
Tahoe National Forest
631 Coyote Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
Caring for the land and serving people