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Christmas tree permits are now available online and in-person for $5 until Dec. 31

COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD NATIONAL FOREST - As part of the Every Kid Outdoors initiative, families with fourth graders can receive one free Christmas tree permit at forest offices.On the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree? Find an evergreen for your home in the Mt. Hood National Forest this holiday season.

Permits to cut down a tree in the Mt. Hood National Forest are available online at recreation.gov and in person through Dec. 31. Permits are $5 per tree with a limit of five permits per household. Permits purchased online are only valid if printed and recreation.gov charges an additional service fee of $2.50.

For some, finding and cutting down their own tree is a time-honored tradition, and for some this is a new adventure to enjoy with family and friends. And besides being a fun way to celebrate the holidays, it also helps the forest.

"There's just something special about cutting your own Christmas tree," said Cara Lewis, forester for Mt. Hood National Forest. "The Christmas tree program helps other trees grow larger and can open areas to provide food for wildlife. Not only does the permit system improve forest health, but it's a fun way to get families outdoors and exploring their public lands."

Tree cutting is prohibited along Highways 26, 35, 216 and 224; in designated wildernesses; in the Bull Run and The Dalles watersheds; Camp Baldwin; and other areas closed to public entry. A complete list of those areas can be found online at tinyurl.com/y8hth9tv.

Tree permits are available to purchase in person at the following businesses:

  • Estacada Ace Hardware: 310 S.E. Main St., Estacada
  • Estacada Tackle Shop, 210 S.E. Highway 224, Estacada
  • Mt. Hood Village Market, 73265 Highway 26, Rhododendron
  • Sandy Ace Heritage Hardware, 39181 Pioneer Blvd. #417, Sandy
  • Hoodland Thriftway, 68280 Highway 26, Welches
  • Welches Mountain Building Supply, 67250 Highway 26, Welches
  • Permits also are available at the following forest offices:

  • Clackamas River Ranger District, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26-Dec. 17

  • Zigzag Ranger District, 70220 Highway 26, Rhododendron
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-18

    As part of the Every Kid Outdoors initiative, families with fourth graders can receive one free Christmas tree permit at forest offices. For students to receive their free tree permit, they must present a fourth grade recreation pass or a valid paper voucher, which can be printed at the Every Kid Outdoors website: everykidoutdoors.gov.

    Know before you go:

    A note from the Mt. Hood National Forest crew: "Winter weather in the forest can change rapidly. Most forest roads are not maintained for winter driving. Forest staff recommend bringing traction devices and a shovel, extra food, drinking water, winter clothing, blankets, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit. Don't forget a tool, such as a hand saw for cutting the tree, and a rope or cord to secure it to vehicles. Tree cutting and travel may take longer than anticipated, so let someone know where you're going and leave the woods well before dark."


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