Christmas tree permits on sale Wednesday

With the holiday season just around the corner, families will be heading into the woods after Thanksgiving to find the perfect Christmas tree.

But they'll need to get a permit first.

Christmas tree permits from the Bureau of Land Management's Medford District and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest will be available at all office and vendor locations starting Wednesday, Nov. 24.

The permits sell for $5 per tree and are nonrefundable. There is a limit of five tree permits per person. The permits cover a large area that includes the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the Coos Bay and Medford Districts of the BLM where lands are open to personal-use tree harvesting. Maps with directions to cutting areas will be provided.

After harvesting a tree, cut out the date, month and year on the tree tag and securely attach it to the cut tree in a visible location before transporting it.

Christmas-tree harvest is not allowed in wilderness areas, campgrounds, developed recreation areas, national monuments, within fences or posted tree plantations, within 200 feet of state highways or on private lands.

It also is not permitted within the Wild and Scenic Rogue River corridor.

Tree hunters should keep in mind that roads on public lands administered by the Forest Service and BLM are not plowed in the winter. They should be prepared for winter weather and check weather conditions before leaving.

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