The El Dorado National Forest is selling a limited number of Christmas tree-cutting permits.

Permits are available between November 18-December 27. Cutting under the permits are allowed until December 31, to accommodate those in the military and others who may be celebrating Christmas after the 25th.

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The forest is offering permits as a way to help reduce the amount of fuel for forest fires. According to a statement from the forest service, the thinning of young trees will “help create a healthier forest over time.”

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The maximum trunk size of trees allowed to be taken is six inches, with a maximum height of 20 feet. Only pine, cedar, and fir are allowed to be cut. Hardwoods such as aspen or oak are not allowed to be cut.

Each tag costs $10 and there is a limit of two per person or per household.

Ranger Districts and the Forest Supervisor’s Office that sell tree permits are open Monday to Friday, during regular business hours (8 am – 4:30 pm).

  • Forest Supervisor’s office – 100 Forni Road, Placerville, Calif.
    Monday – Saturday from November 18 through December 7. After the 8th the office is open Monday – Friday until May.
  • Amador Ranger District – 26820 Silver Drive, Pioneer, Calif.
    Monday – Saturday from November 18 through December 7. After the 7th the office is open Monday – Friday until May.
  • Georgetown Ranger District – 7600 Wentworth Springs Road, Georgetown, Calif.
    Monday – Saturday from November 18 through December 7. After the 7th the office is open Monday – Friday until May.
  • Placerville Ranger District – 4260 Eight Mile Road, Camino, Calif.
    Monday – Fridays only.
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