Christmas tree cutting permits for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest go on sale Nov. 21, according to a statement released Wednesday by the forest service.
The $5-per-tree permits allow tree hunters to cut trees in specified areas of the national forest. Permits will be available at all ranger districts and forest headquarters in Vancouver. Some vendors, including Elbe Grocery and several locations in Ashford and Randle, will also sell permits.
The forest service warns tree hunters to be prepared for snowfall. Snowfall could also limit access and available trees. Road conditions are available at the ranger stations.
Wilderness areas, campgrounds, administrations sits, areas within 300 feet of streams, private land and the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument are closed to tree cutting.
Tree permits are not refundable.
Forest service officials recommend tree hunting early in the day to avoid traveling at night. They also recommend carrying tire chains, a shovel, flashlights, a blanket and extra food and beverages.
To be safe treat the trip like any other hiking trip into the outdoors. Let a friend or family member know your itinerary including where you will be cutting trees and when you will return.
For more information, including a complete list of permit vendors, visit www.Fs.fed.us/gpnf.