Northwest NEWS

December 3, 2001

Local News

Christmas tree cutting permits on sale

Permits for selecting and removing a tree from the National Forest will be available for $10 each, the same price as in the past. Maps and information about cutting areas will be provided at the same time permits are sold.
   Permits are nonrefundable. Quantities are limited, so it is a good idea to call ahead before making a trip to a sales outlet.
   "We are selling permits early to allow access to noble and true firs at higher elevations," said Forest Supervisor John Phipps. "We encourage people to cut their trees before snow restricts access," Phipps added.
   Tree cutters should be prepared for cold winter travel. Most trees are accessible only by narrow, unplowed mountain roads. High-clearance vehicles are often essential along with tire chains, a shovel, and extra warm clothing.
   Arrive at the Christmas tree cutting area early in the day and avoid traveling on unfamiliar forest roads after dark. Contact district offices for advance road and weather information, and be prepared for changing conditions.
   Last, but not least, let friends or relatives know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
   You can purchase Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Christmas tree permits at REI (Lynnwood store), 4200 194th St. SW. Lynnwood, (425) 774-1300. Mon.-Fri: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
   Please Note: Permits will not be sold at the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest headquarters in Mountlake Terrace.