Cut a Christmas tree in national forest

November 30, 2012

By Administrator

New: Nov. 30, 2:41 p.m.

Revelers determined to cut a Christmas tree in the forest can head to the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and other U.S. Forest Service lands in Washington.

Rangers started selling permits to cut Christmas trees in the 1.7 million-acre national forest Nov. 13 and plan to do so until Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The forest is accessible from numerous sites throughout Western Washington, including from Interstate 90 in and near North Bend.

The cutting areas fall in the eastern King, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Nonrefundable permits cost $10 each, one tree per permit, with a tree height limit of 12 feet. Trees taller than 12 feet require a tall tree permit for $20.

In addition, plan to purchase a parking permit if the trip includes parking in a designated Sno-Park lot.

But getting to the perfect tree poses a challenge. Most trees sit off of narrow, unplowed mountain roads, and a high-clearance vehicle equipped with tire chains is often required. Check ranger stations for road and weather information before venturing into the forest.

Learn more about how to cut a Christmas tree in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest at the U.S. Forest Service website, http://1.usa.gov/TePOk8.

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