The National Park Service announced that Christmas tree cutting permits are officially on sale Nov. 23 in Mount Hood National Forest.
Effective Monday, anyone who'd like to cut their own holiday tree may do so in specific areas of the national forest for $5. A maximum of five trees was available per family, rangers said.
The permit will buy 12 feet of yule tide log. Any trees taller than 12 feet require a special permit, the NPS said.
The forest service's tree cutting program has been around for years. For some it's a family tradition to go into the forest and find that perfect tree.
“Dress warmly and carry a forest map, snacks and water. Also make sure relatives or friends know where you are going and when you plan to return," said Christine Arredondo, a recreation staff ranger on Mount Hood.
Rangers discourage tree cutting near campgrounds, streams, trails or along major roads like Hwy. 26. No one will help either, so bring adequate tools and tarping to carry back your timber.
Despite these rules, the forest service says every year countless people find their tree without a problem.
Permits were available at outfitters around Mount Hood and also at most forest ranger stations. Christmas tree permit purchase locations were listed at the Mount Hood National Forest website.