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Tree Cutting Tips for the Holidays

Sunday, November 27, 2016 @ 11:12 AM

Prince George, B.C.- It’s the time of the season  when  folks head to the  woods to  get the perfect Christmas tree, but   be sure you have a permit to cut  down that  evergreen.

You can get a permit online  by  clicking here,  and then,  clicking on the  area office .  The permit  will  load as a  PDF  and  there is no charge as long as the tree  is  for personal  use.  Selling a tree that’s been cut  under a Christmas tree permit  or  cutting  a tree  in  an unauthorized  area is illegal.

Permits can also be  picked up at the Local  FrontCounter BC office.
When cutting a Christmas tree, keep the following tips in mind:

* Make sure you are prepared , bring ropes, gloves, tools, tire chains, a first aid   kit, a mobile phone and warm clothing.

* Drive carefully. Be prepared for logging trucks:

* Make sure you have found the tree you will use before cutting to avoid  wasting forest resources. Some permits specify only one tree can be cut.

* Choose a tree that can be cut near the base and is easy to transport.  Wasted tree remains left in the forest form a summer fire hazard.

* Clean up and remove all debris associated with your activity.


I went to Wikipedia and looked up Christmas Tree . After I read it , I asked myself , why ?

Although I knew enough about the tradition of Xmas trees from my youth and subsequent readings, I was wondering why you asked yourself why.

Then, I read the following in the third line: “It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century, at first among the upper classes.”

I can see that you likely would not be associated with them upper class types. ;-)

Hmmmmmm, let me see. People are not allowed to go into the forest to cut up dead trees for firewood which would clean up the tree remains and reduce the fire hazard but by simply getting a permit can cut down live trees. Makes sense to me.

    Not full grown trees but 6 to 8 foot trees not firewood material. The area selected by the MOF is probably scheduled to become part of a clearcut where these small trees will just be mowed over by heavy equipment in the near future.

    In what world? I just went to the FLNRO web site, and the Christmas Tree Permit is right under the “Free Use Firewood Permit”. That permit says you can print it off, then go out and cut down dead trees on any crown land in PG District for firewood use.

    “People are not allowed to go into the forest to cut up dead trees for firewood…”

    Since when? Dead Cedar and Larch cannot be cut but get yourself a free permit and cut all the dead pine you want.

    I don’t really understand why we need the permit though, unless it’s just to keep a dozen or so government employees on the payroll.

I will never see the logic in having to get a permit to cut up a dead tree that has either died and fell or the wind blew it over. As far as I am concerned you are doing the forest a favour by cleaning up dead wood which acts as fuel in a fire. I can see getting a permit to cut a Christmas tree as there has to be some sort of control to where the live trees are cut.

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