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Permits on sale for cutting a Xmas tree

If you enjoy the hunt for your perfect Christmas tree, the Siuslaw National Forest is offering cutting permits for $5 each, good for one tree for personal use.

Douglas fir and Sitka Spruce are the most common tree species available on the Siuslaw National Forest. Highly sought after Noble firs, and other high-elevation “true firs” grow on the Willamette National Forest.

The closest locations to the Corvallis area to purchase a permit for the Willamette National Forest is the Sweet Home Ranger District.

Finding a tree could be an all-day outing, so be prepared. Travel on forest roads during the winter is unpredictable. It is advisable to let friends or family know where you are headed and when you anticipate returning. Tree cutters should bring a handsaw or axe as well as winter clothing and safety equipment. Tire chains and shovel are recommended, as is extra food, drinking water, blankets, a flashlight, first aid kit and survival gear.

Before you cut your tree, remember these rules:

• You must ensure that you are on National Forest lands. A map is provided for this purpose.

• You must take the entire tree

• You cannot take the top off of a larger tree

• After you cut your tree, you must immediately attach your permit

• You cannot later discard the tree for another one you find more desirable.

Once you’ve selected your tree, saw or chop it within six inches to the ground and leave no limbs attached to the stump. To keep the tree from drying out, leave it outside until you are ready to put it in a stand, then cut the trunk at an angle and keep it in plenty of water.

Permits can be purchased in at the Siuslaw headquarters in Corvallis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3200 SW Jefferson Way, on the OSU campus.

For information on permits from the Willamette National Forest, see website www.fs.usda.gov/willamette or the Sweet Home Ranger District at 541-367-5168. The same rules for cutting apply as the ones on the Siuslaw.

If you enjoy the hunt for your perfect Christmas tree, the Siuslaw National Forest is offering cutting permits for $5 each, good for one tree for personal use.

Douglas fir and Sitka Spruce are the most common tree species available on the Siuslaw National Forest. Highly sought after Noble firs, and other high-elevation “true firs” grow on the Willamette National Forest.

The closest locations to the Corvallis area to purchase a permit for the Willamette National Forest is the Sweet Home Ranger District.

Finding a tree could be an all-day outing, so be prepared. Travel on forest roads during the winter is unpredictable. It is advisable to let friends or family know where you are headed and when you anticipate returning. Tree cutters should bring a handsaw or axe as well as winter clothing and safety equipment. Tire chains and shovel are recommended, as is extra food, drinking water, blankets, a flashlight, first aid kit and survival gear.

Before you cut your tree, remember these rules:

• You must ensure that you are on National Forest lands. A map is provided for this purpose.

• You must take the entire tree

• You cannot take the top off of a larger tree

• After you cut your tree, you must immediately attach your permit

• You cannot later discard the tree for another one you find more desirable.

Once you’ve selected your tree, saw or chop it within six inches to the ground and leave no limbs attached to the stump. To keep the tree from drying out, leave it outside until you are ready to put it in a stand, then cut the trunk at an angle and keep it in plenty of water.

Permits can be purchased in at the Siuslaw headquarters in Corvallis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3200 SW Jefferson Way, on the OSU campus.

For information on permits from the Willamette National Forest, see website www.fs.usda.gov/willamette or the Sweet Home Ranger District at 541-367-5168. The same rules for cutting apply as the ones on the Siuslaw.

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