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Christmas Tree Prmits

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012, 8:51:09 AM PST
Medford, Oregon - Christmas Tree Permits Available Soon Southwest ORIts that time of year to start thinking of the annual family trip to the woods for a holiday tree. Starting on Monday, November 19, tree permits will be available at Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Offices, as well as at numerous vendor locations in southwest Oregon. The permits allow for the cutting of personal-use trees for Christmas and other holiday events. A permit is required for the harvest of each individual tree. Please contact your local Forest Service or BLM office, as permits may be available sooner than the official start date indicated above. The permits sell for $ 5.00 per tree and are non-refundable. 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 at time of purchase. The Christmas tree permit tag is validated after harvesting your tree by cutting out the date, month and year on the tree tag and securely attaching it to the cut tree in a visible location before transporting it. Important Note Christmas tree harvest is not allowed in wilderness areas, campgrounds, developed recreation areas, National Monuments, Research Natural Areas, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, or within fences or posted tree plantations, within 200 feet of state highways or on private lands. Christmas tree cutting is also not permitted within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the Wild and Scenic Rogue River corridor and Recreation Areas. This stresses the importance of having your tree permit map with you, along with a local Forest or BLM map, and a good understanding of your location prior to cutting.

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