Christmas tree cutting is banned on Tiger Mountain, other state lands

December 6, 2011

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 benefit public schools, universities and other state institutions.

“Cutting trees from state trust forests isn’t allowed,” state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a statement. “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 state 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 at www.fs.usda.gov/mbs. 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 at www.christmastree.org or the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association at www.nwtrees.com.

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