State land, including Tiger Mountain, is not open for Christmas tree cutting

December 1, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 2011

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 only allows timber to be harvested to help public schools, universities and other state institutions, handled through permits and leases.

“Heading out in early December to cut a Christmas tree is a family tradition for many,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a statement. “Cutting trees from state trust forests isn’t allowed. These trees need to grow to build future public schools in our state, as well as provide wildlife habitat and clean water and air.”

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

Christmas tree seekers can find places to cut trees from the Washington members of the National Christmas Tree Association or the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association.

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