Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Beginning Friday, Nov. 22, permits will be available at several locations for cutting Christmas trees from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Permits may be purchased for $5 per tree at all Ranger District offices, forest headquarters in Vancouver, and at several commercial vendor locations. Please contact your nearest Forest Service office for more details.
Early in the season some areas receive heavy snowfall, which limits access and available trees. Before setting out on your trip, we urge you to call the forest office nearest your destination for the latest in road and weather updates. Be alert for unpredictable weather and hazardous driving conditions. Current road status reports can also be found on the forest's website.
If you are hauling five or more trees in one vehicle, you must have a specialized forest products hauling permit. Contact your local Forest Service Ranger District office for more information.
Tree cutting is prohibited in wildernesses, developed campgrounds, administrative sites, within 300 feet of streams, on private or state-owned lands within national forest boundaries, and in other posted areas.
Cutting on private lands is subject to trespass action.
A Christmas tree cutting fact sheet listing local tree permit vendors is available at our Forest Service offices, or view it on-line at the forest website.
All offices will be closed on Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.