Permits go on sale next week to cut Christmas trees on national forest land surrounding Lake Tahoe.
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit plans to sell tree permits starting Monday, Nov. 16.
The permits cost $10 each, with a limit of two permits per family.
Permit holders can choose from a variety of pine, fir or cedar trees in designated cutting areas.
The forest service provides maps to the cutting areas when the permit is purchased.
Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be bought in-person at the Forest Supervisors office in South Lake Tahoe or at the Incline Village Forest Service office.
The forest service says the holiday tree cutting helps remove "smaller diameter trees and creates a healthier forest over time."
Permits are available for other national forest areas in California and Nevada.
The U.S. Forest Service will offer one free Christmas 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," said Forest Supervisor Jeff Marsolais. "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."
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