Olympic National Forest holiday tree permits are available

OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST — Olympic National Forest holiday tree permits are available to purchase online or from vendors on the Olympic Peninsula.

To obtain a Christmas tree permit online — and for details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut — visit www.recreation.gov and select Olympic National Forest Christmas Tree Permits from the list of available options.

To purchase a Christmas tree permits in person, visit one of these vendors:

• Swain’s General Store, 602 E. First St., Port Angeles; 360-452-2357.

• Sequim Visitor Information Center, 1192 E. Washington St. Sequim; 360-683-6197.

• North Hood Canal Chamber of Commerce, 295142 U.S. Highway 101, Quilcene; 360-765-2200.

• Hoodsport Visitor Information Center, N. 150 Lake Cushman Road, Hoodsport; 360-877-2021.

Check with the vendor for availability and hours of operation.

“For every tree that is found, cut and carried home as a holiday fixture, a new story is created,” said USDA Forest Service Chief Randy Moore.

“These stories become the precious memories that create traditions worth carrying on for generations and further connect families with their local forests.”

The permit system also helps to thin densely populated stands of small-diameter trees, forest service personnel said in a press release.

“Local forest health experts identify areas that benefit from thinning trees that tend to be the perfect size for Christmas trees,” the release said.

“Removing these trees in designated areas helps other trees grow larger and can open areas that provide forage for wildlife.

For more information contact an Olympic National Forest office.

• Supervisors Office, Olympia, 360-956-2402.

• Quilcene Office, 360-765-2200.

• Forks Office, 360-374-6522.

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