Christmas Tree Permits Available from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

DATE: 11/12/08


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-_
CONTACT: Julie Ashe (360) 497-1153-_
or Roger Peterson (360) 891-5007

VANCOUVER, WA – Beginning Friday, November 21, permits will be available at
several locations for cutting a Christmas tree from the Gifford Pinchot
National Forest. Permits may be purchased for $5 per tree at all Ranger
District offices, Forest Headquarters in Vancouver, and at several
commercial vendor locations. Please contact your nearest Forest Service
office for more details.

Early in the season some areas receive heavy snowfall which limits access
and available trees. Before setting out on your trip, call the Forest
office nearest your destination for the latest in road and weather updates.
Be alert for unpredictable weather and hazardous driving conditions.
Current road status reports can also be found on the Forest’s web site. For
information on Mount St. Helens and other Forest closures see the Forest
special conditions web page.

Special Instructions:
* As always, the legislated National Volcanic Monument is closed to tree
cutting.-_
* Christmas tree permits are not refundable for any reason.-_
* Tree cutting is prohibited in Wildernesses, developed campgrounds,
administrative sites, within 300 feet of streams, on private or state-owned
lands within national forest boundaries, and in other posted areas.-_
* Gifford Pinchot National Forest Christmas tree permits are not valid on
other land ownerships.-_
* Cutting on private lands is subject to trespass action.-_
* If unsure about areas available for tree cutting, contact the nearest
Forest Service office.

Safety Tips:-_
– Be prepared for cold and changing winter weather conditions.-_
– Carry tire chains, shovel, flashlights, and blanket in your vehicle.-_
– Bring extra food and hot beverages.-_
– Arrive at your Christmas tree cutting area early to avoid travel in the
dark.-_
– Wear proper winter clothing and carry extras in case you get wet.-_
– Most National Forest roads are not maintained or snowplowed during the
winter.-_
– Drive safely and slowly – turn on your lights and watch for ice.-_
– Let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back.

A Christmas Tree Cutting Fact Sheet is available at our Forest Service
offices. A list of local tree permit vendors is available on the Forest
website. The Cowiltz Valley Ranger District office and the Mt. Adams Ranger
District office will be open on Saturday through December 20. All offices
will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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