‘Tis the season for a hike in the woods to find the perfect Christmas tree for the family.
Permits are now available on the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur national forests, and fourth-graders are once again eligible for a free permit as part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative through the National Parks Foundation.
Christmas tree permits are $5, and limited to one per household. Fourth-graders may receive a free permit by presenting a voucher from www.everykidinapark.gov to their local national forest office. Students must be present to claim the free permit.
Permits may also be purchased from any forest service office or participating local businesses, including:
• Bi-Mart and Southgate Mini-Mart, Pendleton.
• Ace Hardware, Hermiston.
• Zip Zone, Milton-Freewater.
• Mentzer and Elliott and J&D Food Mart, Pilot Rock.
• Rhode’s Supply, Ukiah.
• Athena Grocery, Athena.
• Heppner Mobil, Heppner.
Christmas trees must be cut at least 50 feet away from any road, and the maximum height for trees is 14 feet. Trees cannot be cut on private land, in wilderness areas, designated campgrounds, active timber sales or existing tree plantations.
For additional information and guidelines, call the Forest Service office in Pendleton at 541-278-3716.