The Carson National Forest will begin selling Christmas treepermits online at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. Permits will be sold through Recreation.gov and will cost $5 to $15, depending on the size of tree sought. Trees, except bristlecone pines, up to 20feet may be cut with a permit.
Permit holders are reminded to thoroughly read the instructions on Recreation.gov and on their permit after purchase. Instructions include rules about locations, tree selection and cutting/digging. There are also tips for planning your trip, cutting and what to do once your tree is home.
Fourth graders with an Every Kid Outdoors pass are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit and can apply by entering the pass or voucher number when purchasing a permit (note: a $2.50 reservation fee will be applied). Kids of all ages can download, color and decorate their tree with this Christmas tree ornament coloring page for a fun, handmade addition to their tree.
Permits will also be available for in-person purchase at ranger stations and the Supervisor’sOffice beginning November 20. Visitors are reminded to check office hours and call ahead for availability before traveling to a location.