Christmas tree cutting on National Forest managed lands in Juneau - A fun activity for the entire family

Release Date: Nov 23, 2021

Contact(s): Sandra Moore


JUNEAU, 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 land within 330 feet of a bald eagle nest (often located near water).
  • Trees may not be cut from the Heen Latinee Experimental Forest.
  • On Admiralty Island National Monument, use a hand saw or axe to cut the tree. Chainsaws and motorized equipment are prohibited in the Kootznoowoo Wilderness.
  • The tree cannot be sold, bartered or used in any commercial-type exchange for goods.
  • Trees may not be cut from any developed Forest Service recreation sites.
    • On the Juneau Ranger District: Auke Village, Lena Beach and all of the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area (Skater’s Cabin, Visitor Center, West Glacier Trail, Mendenhall Lake Campground and Dredge Lakes area).

The Juneau Ranger District suggests the following locations to harvest a Christmas tree, 100 feet or more from the road on either side:

  1. Heading north on Glacier Highway, between Milepost 29 to Milepost 33;
  2. After crossing the bridge to Douglas Island and at roundabout take the North Douglas exit. At Milepost 8 ½ turn left on Fish Creek Rd./Eaglecrest Rd. for about 1 ½ miles. Just past the Fish Creek bridge, drive for a mile towards Eaglecrest Ski Area, stop at trailhead (trailhead parking on the left after crossing the bridge).

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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