How To Follow Us Forest Service Guidelines If You’re Going To Chop Down Your Christmas Tree

If you’re thinking about just heading to the woods to chop down your Christmas tree, you should know there are some guidelines you should follow.

The US Forest Service (USFS) says first you should get a permit from the forest district office, and tree-cutting instructions. The office will also provide specific dates, times, and areas where it’s ok to cut down trees. For Christmas trees specifically, you must cut it from an area that is at least 200 feet from any main roads or other sites, and the trunk must be six inches in diameter or less. You also are not allowed to cut the tops off taller trees.

The USFS will also provide a tree tag that should be applied to the tree before it’s loaded into any vehicles. 
(Fox