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You can cut your Christmas tree at a national forest; here’s what you need to know


November 09, 2018

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture just unveiled a list of tips for anyone interested in cutting down a Christmas tree in a national forest.

Be mindful of weather conditions since winter weather can be unpredictable.

Stay on designated roads and trails.

Be prepared for snowpacked and slippery roads.

Drive a four-wheel-drive vehicle if possible.

Let someone know when and where you intend to go.

Bring a cellphone with you.

Bring warm clothes with you.

Carry a flashlight, chains, shovel, first-aid kit, matches, ax, or rope to bring down your tree.

Shovels can help you dig out the base of the tree.

However: Tree topping isn’t allowed. You can't cut within 200 feet of a lake or stream, roads, campgrounds, picnic spots or summer home areas.

Read more:The department’s website has information on when and where to buy permits for cutting trees, as well as costs for those permits.

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