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Harvest Christmas tree on Nez Perce-Clearwater forests

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The Chandler family in Slate Creek will have a fresh-cut tree.


Facebook photo The Chandler family in Slate Creek will have a fresh-cut tree.



Permits for Christmas tree cutting are now available at Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests offices, as well as several local vendors. Free permits are also available to all fourth graders through the Every Kid in a Park program.

Standard Christmas tree permits are $5 each, and are limited to three permits per family. A permit is required for each tree to cut. Permits can be purchased from any Forest Service office or visitor center, as well as at several local vendors. A list of vendors can be found in the “Cutting a Christmas Tree on Your Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests” brochure, available at forest offices and online: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/passes-permits/forestproducts 

Students in fourth grade can acquire a free Christmas tree permit with their Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders must visit a Forest Service office with a parent or guardian and present their Every Kid in a Park pass to receive their Christmas tree permit.

The Every Kid in a Park pass allows fourth graders and accompanying adults free access to public lands across the United States. This pass is free of charge and can be downloaded online. For information, visit www.everykidinapark.gov or the local ranger station.

As a general rule, no special areas on the forest are designated for Christmas tree cutting. Cut your tree at least 200 feet from well–traveled roads, flowing water, campgrounds, and recreation sites. Select your tree from thickets and overstocked areas and choose a tree that is the right size for your needs. Remember to attach a permit to each tree you cut before transporting it to your vehicle. Be aware of winter driving conditions while searching for your tree–pack tire chains, a first aid kit, and other emergency equipment. See the “Cutting a Christmas Tree on Your Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests” brochure.



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