Stalking the Wild Christmas Tree


| 12/15/2020 9:50:00 AM


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Here I am next to our lovely tree. Thank you, lovely tree!

Getting a tree from the wild guarantees that you stay socially distanced plus it gets you some outdoor activity in fresh air. This is always good. Every year we venture up into the mountains of the National Forest near us to find the perfect wild Christmas tree. With a bit of preparation and knowledge you can, too.

The first thing you need is a permit. Go to your nearest Forest Service office and they will sell you an inexpensive permit as well as give you rules and regulations for cutting one. It will have to be from designated areas and the Forest Service will supply you with a map of those areas. It will also have to be no more than a certain height and a certain trunk diameter and will also have to be a certain distance from the road. I don’t say exactly what the rules are for you because I don’t know what state you are in so check with the Forest Service in your area and you will know everything you need to know.

Tree Choice

My favorite tree is always a fir tree and my favorite of all fir trees is the Silver Tip also known as a Red Fir. It only grows above 4,600 feet and is a tree that has stiff branches to allow for heavy snow accumulation. Therefore it holds heavy ornaments very well and has space between the branches so the ornaments are visible. Unfortunately, it is native to the mountains of southwest Oregon and California so if you don’t live there this tree will not be available to you. However, there are many trees like it so you will be able to find a suitable alternative.



The following information is from the U.S. Forest Service website.



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