Tree Removal Program in South Lake Tahoe

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 04, 2017 / comments


South Lake Tahoe, CA (August 2, 2017) – Remove trees on your property to create defensible space. The term “defensible space” refers to the area between a house and an oncoming wildfire where the vegetation has been managed to reduce the wildfire threat. Fortunately for Lake Tahoe Basin homeowners, there are a variety of resources available to assist in creating defensible space.

Defensible Space – Tree Removal

Contact your fire protection agency for permitting and a complete defensible space evaluation. The Living with Fire Guide for the Lake Tahoe Basin is the authoritative guide for vegetation management and wildfire preparedness on properties in the Tahoe Basin. All environmental and fire agencies in the Region agree on the recommendations in this guide, which is published by the University of Nevada, Cooperative Extension.

On the South Shore, structures located within the City of South Lake Tahoe follow the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s tree removal permit process. A homeowner can apply for a tree removal permit online at: The application can also be obtained at the TRPA front counter, or by calling (775) 588-4547. A $53 non-refundable filing fee is due with the application. A TRPA forester will visit the property to assess the trees and issue a permit for any marked trees.

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