Placerville, CA…For the first time in several decades, the Eldorado National Forest will sell Christmas tree cutting permits. Permits for pine, fir or cedar trees up to 6 inches in diameter at the base will be available beginning November 14, 2016. “The goal of this program is to provide an enjoyable holiday experience for families and friends in the natural setting of their national forest” said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree.
Christmas tree permits will be issued with tree tags at a cost of $10 each, with a limit of two per family or address. These permits must be purchased in person, are not transferable and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits will be issued during regular business hours until 12:00pm on December 23rd. Cutting under these permits will be allowed until December 31 to accommodate military families and others who may need to celebrate a delayed Christmas.
The Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) multi-agency initiative was established by Barack Obama under a presidential proclamation. Fourth graders who present a valid EKIP voucher or pass are entitled to one free Christmas tree permit. Visit www.everykidinapark.gov for information about the program and to get a student voucher; then visit any of the Eldorado NF offices selling Christmas tree permits to get a Christmas tree tag. The student must be present to get the tag.
It is important to remember that winter storm weather can be dangerous due to wet roads, and winds which may cause branches or dead trees to fall. If possible, visitors should try to avoid wet, windy days, or be sure to use extra caution and always let someone know their travel plans.
Permits will be sold in five locations Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (all offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day):
Forest Supervisor’s Office – 100 Forni Road (3034 Briw Road for GPS), Placerville
Placerville Ranger District – 4260 Eight Mile Road, Camino
Amador Ranger District – 26820 Silver Drive, Pioneer
Pacific Ranger District – 7887 Highway 50, Pollock Pines
Georgetown Ranger District – 7600 Wentworth Springs Road, Georgetown
For more information, visit the forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.