Chugach National Forest Offers Availability of Christmas Trees

Contact(s): Alicia King

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Forest Service

Chugach National Forest

161 East 1st Ave., Door 8
Anchorage, Alaska 99501


Twitter: @ChugachForestAK

Facebook: @ChugachNF

Contact: Alicia King (907) 231-0172

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Nov. 27, 2019 – Cutting a Christmas tree from the Chugach National Forest is a holiday tradition for many families. The Chugach National Forest may have just the place to find that magical tree. One tree per family is allowed for harvest, without a permit and free of charge, from the Forest.

Follow these straightforward guidelines:

  1. Cut trees at least 200 feet from roads and 450 feet away from picnic areas and campground units, administrative facilities, trails, and bodies of water.
  2. Do not fell trees into streams or other bodies of water.
  3. Please do not top a tree. The entire tree, except for the stump, must be removed.
  4. Cut trees as close to the ground as possible. Remaining stumps should be no higher than six inches tall.
  5. Select your tree thoughtfully, to avoid leaving unsightly bare spots.

There are a few places where tree-cutting is not allowed on the Chugach National Forest

  • Portage Valley closure extends from the Seward Highway up Portage Glacier Road to Portage Lake
  • The Turnagain Pass closure extends from mile 70 of the Seward Highway, just north of the Turnagain Pass Rest Area, to Bertha Creek Campground at mile 65.5.

Please check the website for maps and specific details.

Once the tree has been selected, keep the tree away from direct sources of heat, use lights rated for indoor use, refill water daily, and maintain a merry environment around the tree for optimum tree quality.