Tiger Mountain State Forest is closed to Christmas tree cutting

November 27, 2012

By Staff

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

The state Department of Natural Resources does not sell holiday greenery from state trust lands; agency officials limit timber harvests and foraging. The agency manages the public lands, and under state law, timber harvests must benefit public schools, universities and other state institutions.

Though the state does not allow Christmas tree cutting, officials recommend residents cut trees at private farms and on U.S. Forest Service land.

Pinecones, another staple in holiday decorating, abound on state lands, but some rules apply for foraging.

Though foraging is allowed on state lands, Department of Natural Resources officials outline rules for collecting pinecones and other forest products. Under state law, a person can collect no more than 15 pounds of dropped pinecones each day. Learn more about the harvest of forest products for personal use at the Department of Natural Resources website, http://1.usa.gov/9kLKVM.

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