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USDA Forest Service News--Christmas tree permits available online for the 2021 holiday season

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Media Contact: Public Affairs Specialist Robin DeMario, (509) 664-9292

Christmas tree permits available online for the 2021 holiday season

Permits free to 4th graders with a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass

Wenatchee, WA (November 2, 2021) – Starting November 1, Christmas tree permits are on sale for $5. Permits may be purchased online through www.Recreation.gov, in person at three Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offices, and from local vendors.

The Forest Service moved permit sales to Recreation.gov as an added convenience for visitors, as well as provide an alternative to in-person transactions at offices that still have limited in-person services due to the pandemic or other factors.

Christmas tree permits cost $5 each (if purchased online there is an additional $2.50 charged for the transaction fee). Each tree permit allows a family to cut one tree, with a tree height limit of 15 feet, or dig a small live transplant tree. Permits are limited to two permits per household. The permits are non-refundable and are only good on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Christmas trees cannot be harvested in Wilderness areas, campgrounds, developed recreation areas, or tree plantations.

To purchase a Christmas tree permit online, visit www.Recreation.gov and search for Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Christmas Tree Permits. It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will also need to set up or login to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction. Permits purchased online have to be printed to be valid.

Free tree permits are available to fourth graders as part of the national Every Kid Outdoors initiative. Fourth graders with a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass may get one free holiday tree cutting permit from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. In order for students to receive a free tree permit, they must present an Every Kid Outdoors pass or a valid paper voucher printed from the Every Kid Outdoors website. To obtain a free holiday tree permit from Recreation.gov check the box indicating you have a pass and enter the pass or voucher number (please note, a $2.50 reservation fee will be applied). Visit the Every Kid in a Park website at www.everykidinapark.gov for more information.

Permits are only available in person from the Cle Elum, Methow Valley, and Naches Ranger District offices; permits may be ordered over the phone from all Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offices.

Naches Ranger District (permits sold through the office window in the front foyer); 10237 Highway 12, Naches, WA 98937; (509) 653-1401; Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ONLY 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed for lunch 12 – 12:30)

Methow Valley Ranger District (permits sold through the office service window); 24 West Chewuch Road, Winthrop, WA 98862; (509) 996-4000; Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:30 – 1:30)

Cle Elum Ranger District (permits sold over the phone and hand delivered outside the front door); 803 W. 2nd Street, Cle Elum, WA 98922; (509) 852-1100; Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 – 4 p.m. (closed for lunch noon – 1:30 p.m.)

High clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving on national forest roads during the winter months. Check weather and road conditions before traveling and leave early in the day to allow for maximum daylight. Dress for the weather, bring a map and emergency supplies in your vehicle, a rope and tarp to move and protect your tree during the drive home, and tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return home. Remember, your cell phone may not work as there are many areas in the national forest where there is little or no cell phone service.

Vendors are also selling national forest Christmas tree permits—see the vendor list posted at https://bit.ly/3nM83Az .

For more information about the Christmas tree program on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, please contact local ranger district offices or visit the forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/christmastree .

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