USFS News Release: Fuelwood permit sales for Tahoe Basin begin first week of June

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. –The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will begin the sale of fuelwood permits at our south shore office on Monday, June 4, and at our north shore office on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Permits cost $20 per cord with a two-cord minimum purchase and a limit of 10-cords per household.

Permits have specific conditions and complete information is provided when the permit is issued. Maps to designated cutting areas are provided and must be in your possession along with the valid permit. The permit is for collection of “down-dead” wood up to a 30-inch maximum diameter in designated fuelwood areas within the Lake Tahoe Basin. “Down-dead” means the tree is down on the ground and dead, rather than dead and standing. Cutting any standing tree, whether dead or green, is not allowed.

Permit holders should keep vehicles on National Forest System roads. No off-road travel is allowed and permit holders must comply with all permit conditions. Please be aware that some designated fuelwood areas are only open during specified dates and all areas are subject to closure at any time.

Permit holders are asked to stay off private property and show courtesy regarding noise or collection activity on National Forest System lands near homes or neighborhoods.

Permits are available through October 31, 2012, at the LTBMU Supervisor’s Office at 35 College Dr. in South Lake Tahoe, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at 855 Alder Ave. in Incline Village, Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the south shore office at (530) 543-2694 or the north shore office at (775) 831-0914 or visit