Those who wish to find a Christmas tree on the Mt. Hood National Forest can now purchase a permit to do so. Permits are $5 per tree with a limit of 5 per household.
"Finding and cutting a Christmas tree is a long-standing tradition and a way to spend time with family and friends on national forest lands. When following regulations and guidelines, Christmas tree cutting can also improve forest health in dense stands of small-diameter trees," Forest Service leaders stated in a press release.
Christmas tree permits are available for purchase at Estacada Tackle Shop, 210 S.E. Highway 224; Estacada True Value, 310 S.E. Main St.; Sandy ACE Hardware, 39181 Pioneer Boulevard; Hoodland Thriftway, 68280 Highway 26; Welches Mountain Building Supply, 67250 Highway 26; Mt. Hood Village Market, 73265 Highway 26; and the Zigzag Ranger Station, 70220 Highway 26.
At the Zigzag Ranger Station, fourth grade students can receive a free Christmas tree permit with their Every Kid Outdoors pass or voucher, available at everykidoutdoors.gov.
Tree cutting is prohibited along Highways 26, 35, and 216; in designated wilderness areas; in the Bull Run Watershed and The Dalles Watershed; fire closure areas; Camp Baldwin; and other areas closed to public entry. The Clackamas River Ranger District has multiple closures as a result of last fall's Riverside Fire. For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/mthood.
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