Tiger Mountain, state lands are not open for tree cutting

December 7, 2010

By Staff

Forget about cutting a fresh Christmas tree in the 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 only allows timber to be harvested to help public schools, universities and other state institutions, handled through permits and leases.

Although DNR does not allow Christmas tree cutting, people can cut trees at private farms and on U.S. Forest Service land. Purchase permits to cut Christmas trees inside the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest through Dec. 23. Trees can be cut in eastern portions of King County, plus parts of Pierce, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

Foragers can gather other holiday decorations, such as pinecones, from state lands. Learn more about harvesting forest products at the DNR’s Ear to the Ground blog.

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