OKANOGAN Looking for that perfect Christmas tree and a tradition to match?
Okanogan-Wenatachee and Colville national forests' officials say they have the answer - a Christmas tree permit.
The $5 permit available at ranger stations and forest offices allow a forest-goer to select and cut down a Christmas tree. Forest goers can also choose to dig up a live tree.
Only two permits are allowed per household and trees must be less than 15-feet tall. Christmas trees cannot be harvested in wilderness areas, campgrounds, developed recreation areas or tree plantations.
Once a tree is harvested, the permit must be validated and attached to the tree trunk.
Forest officials offer the following hints for a successful tree hunt:
- Let a friend know where you're going to look and when you'll return.
- Be informed on road conditions and carry a shovel and tire chains.
- Dress for winter weather
- Carry extra clothing, food and tools
Christmas tree permits may be placed on the driver’s side dashboard in lieu of a Northwest Forest Pass when parking at a trailhead. However, once enough snow accumulates and selected trailhead parking areas convert to Sno-Parks, a valid Washington State Sno-Park permit must be displayed at sno-parks.