A tree-cutting tradition creates lifetime memories
Start a great tradition with your family this year! (USFS)
What You’ll Find
It is a memorable experience to tromp through the snow in the forest and hunt for that special tree to fill your home with the fresh scent of pine. It is even more magical to transform that tree into a brilliantly decorated centerpiece for the holidays. Some families have carried this tradition on for generations; some may just be getting started.
Permits for holiday tree cutting are available at most U.S. Forest Service offices and fees vary per location. Contact the Forest Service office in your area to inquire about permit availability and tree-cutting locations.
Make Sure You
Prepare for weather and road conditions that might make travel difficult. Also, be aware of the areas that are approved for tree-cutting, which are designated by the local office and part of the information provided when you purchase a permit.
Cut trees that are six inches (15.2 cm) in diameter or smaller located in designated cutting areas. You are helping to keep your forests healthy when you cut a tree. The permit system by the U.S. Forest Service helps to thin densely populated stands of small-diameter trees.
The U.S. Forest Service offers things to know before you go as you prepare for your Christmas tree outing.
Did You Know?
The 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree starts its journey across the United States in early November and is a gift from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. You can track the tree as it moves across the country to reach its final destination, Washington, D.C.
Take a look at this video of a family’s holiday tree tradition:
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