PENDLETON - Gentlemen (and ladies) grab your axes. It's Christmas tree cutting season in the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whimtan National Forests.
Permits to cut Christmas trees are now available at all forest offices and through local businesses.
Permits are valid only on federal Forest Service lands and do not authorize tree cutting on private, state or land managed by other federal agencies.
Permits cost $5 each and are limited to one per household. Each permit allows the cutting of one tree up to 20 feet tall on forest lands.
Christmas tree permits and forest maps are available during regular office hours, Monday through Friday.
Permits for the Umatilla National Forest can be purchased at the forest supervisor's offices in Pendleton and at the four Ranger District offices in Ukiah and Heppner in Oregon and at Walla Walla and Pomeroy in Washington.
Permits and maps for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest are available 24 hours a day from vending machines at the Forest Service offices in Baker City, 3285 Eleventh St., and at Halfway, Ore., 38470 Pine Town Lane.
Permits are also available at the Forest Service district offices in La Grande, Joseph and Clarkston.
Forest officials advise people setting off into the forest to cut trees to remember to take precautions and be ready for winter weather.
"Keep your family and your own safety in mind as you head to the forest," said Kerry Sherman, resource specialist for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. "Carry a forest map, snacks, water and dress warm."
Umatilla National Forest
- Dave's 12th St. Chevron, Pendleton
- Southgate Mini-Market, Pendleton
- PGG, Athena
- PGG, Milton-Freewater
- Columbia Grain and Feed, Pasco
- Farmer's Exchange, Kennewick
- Conoco General Store, Dayton
- Pomeroy Foods, Pomeroy
- PF Express, Pomeroy
- Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
- The Gold Post, Sumpter, Ore.
- York's Park Grocery, Baker City, Ore.
- O&M Gas & Grocery, Elgin
- Wallowa Food City, Wallowa, Ore.
- Dollar Stretcher, Enterprise, Ore.
- The Sports Corral, Joseph, Ore.
- Hitching Post Grocery, Richland