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Cutting permits for Mt. Hood National Forest available for purchase online, in area stores

COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD NATIONAL FOREST - People who wish to collect a Christmas tree from the Mt. Hood National Forest can purchase a permit to do so.

As the holiday season approaches, permits are available for those who wish to venture into the Mt. Hood National Forest for a Christmas tree.

When searching for a holiday tree, forest staff recommend bringing traction devices for vehicles and a shovel, extra food, drinking water, winter clothing, blankets, a flashlight and a first aid kit, along with a tool for cutting the tree and rope or cord to secure it to a vehicle.

Tree cutting is prohibited in areas closed because of the recent wildfires; along Highways 26, 35 and 216; in wilderness areas; in Camp Baldwin; in the Bull Run and Dalles watersheds; and any area closed to public entry.

Permits are $5 per tree, with a limit of five permits per household. They are available for purchase online at recreation.gov, as well as at Estacada Tackle Shop, 210 S.E. Highway 224; Sandy ACE Heritage Hardware, 39181 Pioneer Blvd.; Welches Thriftway, 68280 Highway 26; and Welches Mountain Building Supply, 67250 Highway 26.

For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/goto/mthood/2020fires.


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