Steer clear of state lands for Christmas tree cutting

December 2, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 2, 2010

Forget about cutting a fresh Christmas tree in Tiger Mountain State Forest or on other state lands.

The state Department of Natural Resources does not sell Christmas trees or pine boughs from state trust lands.

The agency manages forests on state trust lands and allows timber to be harvested to help public schools, universities and other state institutions. So, harvesting certain products is handled through permits and leases.

Though the state Department of Natural Resources does not allow Christmas tree cutting, people can cut trees at private farms and on U.S. Forest Service land.

Residents can purchase permits to cut Christmas trees inside Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest through Dec. 23. Learn more about cutting a Christmas tree on Forest Service land here.

Trees can be cut in eastern portions of King County, plus parts of Pierce, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

Foragers can also gather other holiday decorations, such as pine cones, from state lands. Learn more about harvesting forest products here.

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