If you are looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate the holiday season, why not cut your own Christmas tree in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire? You can enjoy the scenic beauty of the forest and create a memorable family tradition with a permit that allows you to choose and cut your own tree.
A permit is required to cut a Christmas tree within designated areas of the forest. The permit costs $5 and can be purchased online or through district offices. The permit allows cutting one tree per household, up to 20 feet tall, for personal use only. The permit is valid from November 1 to December 31 of the year issued.
The permit comes with a map that shows the areas where cutting is allowed and prohibited. You can also find the map online or at the district offices. You should follow the guidelines and respect the privilege of cutting a tree by cutting only within designated areas. Do not cut trees within 100 feet of campgrounds, picnic areas, scenic pullouts, administrative sites, timber sale areas, or designated wilderness areas.
Cutting a Christmas tree is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the White Mountain National Forest and create a memorable family tradition, according to Clare Mendelsohn, Forest Supervisor. She also advises to be prepared for winter weather and high elevation conditions. Have a full tank of gas, bring extra warm clothing, gloves, boots, a first-aid kit, a flashlight, a shovel, an axe or handsaw, and plenty of rope to secure your tree.
The best time to cut your tree is early in the season before the higher elevations become snowbound, according to Recreation.gov. You should also check the weather forecast and road conditions before you go. You can find more information on the White Mountain National Forest website or by calling the district offices.
Cutting your own Christmas tree in the White Mountain National Forest is a great way to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy the natural beauty of the forest. You can have a unique and personal experience that will make your tree more special and meaningful. Happy holidays!
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– Forest Service Christmas Tree Permits Available for Purchase – White Mountains TV, White Mountains TV, November 18, 2021
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