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Holiday tree and bough permits now available

Cutting a holiday tree in Mount Hood National Forest is a family tradition for many. 	
	Contributed photo


Cutting a holiday tree in Mount Hood National Forest is a family tradition for many. Contributed photo



The Mt. Hood National Forest began selling personal use holiday tree cutting permits at ranger district visitor centers as well as at many other local vendors Nov. 1. Permits sell for $5 each (cash, check, or card) and there is a limit of five permits per household.

When purchasing a permit, you will receive an informational sheet outlining the rules regarding cutting holiday trees from the national forest. Your permit allows cutting a holiday tree up to 12-feet tall. For additional information visit the Mt. Hood Special Forest Products webpage.

Winter weather in the forest can change rapidly. Forest Service roads are not maintained for winter travel. Carry traction devices and be advised of winter road closures and snow park permit requirements.

The Forest Service recommends you start early in the day and be out of the forest before dark. Keep your family and your own safety in mind as you head out to look for a holiday tree.

Dress warmly and carry a forest map, snacks and water. Do not rely solely on your GPS as some information may not be accurate or up-to-date.

Make sure friends or family know where you are going and when you plan to return. Plus, don’t forget a tool to cut your tree and rope or cord to secure it to your vehicle.

The Mt. Hood National Forest currently offers Free Use Bough Permits (available at no charge) for up to 25 pounds of boughs, and Commercial Bough Permits for larger quantities. Permits for boughs are not available at local vendors. Bough permits are only available at Mt. Hood National Forest district offices. You must have a permit to harvest boughs.

As a part of the "Every Kid" program, all fourth-graders can receive a holiday tree permit free this season.

They must have their pass or voucher with them to receive their free permit, and must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. These special holiday tree permits can only be obtained at official ranger district offices.

For more information on the "Every Kid" program, please visit www.everykidinapark.gov.

VENDOR LOCATIONS

• Barlow Ranger District, Dufur Ranger Station, 780 Court Street, Dufur, 541-467-2291, Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Clackamas River Ranger District, 595 NW Industrial Way, Estacada, 503-630-6861, Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from 11:30 to 12:30 for lunch).

• Hood River Ranger District, 6780 HWY 35, Mt. Hood-Parkdale, 541-352-6002, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Zigzag Ranger District, 70220 E. HWY 26, Zigzag, 503-622-3191, Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from 12 to 1 p.m. for lunch).

• Tygh Valley General Store, TV Road, Tygh Valley, 541-483-2324, Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Kramers Market, Main Street, Dufur, 541-467-2455, Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• The Feed Shack, 2315 E. 2nd, The Dalles, 541-298-4937, Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Tum-A-Lum Lumber, 408 Hwy 35, Hood River, 541-386-1001, Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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