It’s about that time of year when families will be venturing into the Umpqua National Forest to cut a tree to bring home for the holidays.
Christmas tree permits are now on sale from 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at Umpqua National Forest offices in Roseburg, Glide, Tiller, Toketee and Cottage Grove until Dec. 22. All offices will be open the days leading up to Thanksgiving.
Weather permitting, the North Umpqua Ranger Station in Glide will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the weekends of Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9.
These personal-use permits cost $5 per tree and each household is limited to no more than five trees. Permits may only be used on lands open to Christmas tree harvesting in the Umpqua National Forest, and maps identifying these areas will be provided at the time of permit purchase.
As part of the Every Kid in a Park program, fourth graders who get their free pass to access thousands of sites across the country may also bring that pass into their local Forest Service office and receive one free Christmas tree permit. For these passes, visit www.everykidinapark.gov. The fourth grader holding the pass must be present to receive the free permit.
Permits are also on sale at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Roseburg, the Glide Store and Peel Country Store in Glide, Idleyld Trading Post in Idleyld Park, Diamond Lake Resort, Myrtle Creek City Hall, Canyon Market in Canyonville, Strong’s Market in Days Creek, Bear Market in Tiller, Killion’s Market in Cottage Grove and Kirk & Family Mercantile in Dorena.
Those planning to visit the forest this season are advised to be prepared for adverse weather and winter road conditions, and bring along warm clothing, a winter survival kit containing traction devices, a shovel, saw or ax, flares, flashlight, food, water and matches, as well as a full tank of gas. They are also encouraged to watch for log trucks on forest roads and to tell someone where they are going and their expected return time.
For more information, call the Umpqua National Forest at 541-957-3200.