Tongass National Forest Christmas tree cutting - A fun activity for the entire family

Release Date: Nov 23, 2021

Contact(s): Sandra Moore


KETCHIKAN, Alaska, Nov. 23, 2021— It’s that time of year to cut your perfect Christmas tree on the Tongass National Forest. Permits are not required to cut a Christmas tree on the Forest for personal use. One tree per year is allowed for each household. Check your area Motor Vehicle Use Map to confirm land ownership at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tongass/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5430063 before cutting. Please abide by the following guidance when cutting your tree:

  • Trees should be no larger than seven inches at the diameter at the stump.
  • Trees should be cut as close to the ground as possible.
  • Do not top a larger tree.
  • Do not cut a tree and then discard it for another one you may find more desirable.
  • Trees should not be harvested from muskegs because regeneration of new trees in these areas is slow.
  • Trees may not be cut from any developed Forest Service recreation sites.
  • Trees may not be cut from land within 330 feet of a bald eagle nest (often located near water).
  • If cutting your tree in a Wilderness area, use only a hand saw or axe.
  • The tree cannot be sold, bartered or used in any commercial-type exchange for goods.

Please call your local district for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tongass/about-forest/offices.

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 530-640-1168.

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