Christmas Tree Permits

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Tahoe Basin Christmas tree permits sold out!

Nov. 17, 2020 – Christmas tree permits for National Forest lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin sold out today, Nov. 17, 2020. This week, 2,000 online permits were issued on a first-come, first served basis. No additional permits will be authorized for this season. Read more at

Basic Information

  • Permit holders may choose from varieties of pine, fir or cedar, in designated cutting areas, and must abide by specific permit conditions for proper and responsible collection.
  • Individuals purchasing permits will receive information to help them make the best selection, as well as maps designating the tree cutting areas.
  • Permit holders are reminded to respect private property by not trespassing when entering or leaving designated National Forest cutting areas.
  • Permit holders should keep vehicles on National Forest System roads and are reminded to park safely off the roadway in legal areas.  No off-road travel is allowed.
  • In addition to the traditional experience, the permitted collection of smaller diameter trees, with a trunk of six inches in diameter or less, from selected areas contributes to the reduction of over-growth, particularly among firs, which are also the most sought after varieties for the holidays.