Christmas tree permits now on sale

— Looking for that perfect Christmas tree and a tradition to match?

Okanogan-Wenatachee and Colville national forests' officials say they have the answer - a Christmas tree permit.

The $5 permit available at ranger stations and forest offices allow a forest-goer to select and cut down a Christmas tree. Forest goers can also choose to dig up a live tree.

Only two permits are allowed per household and trees must be less than 15-feet tall. Christmas trees cannot be harvested in wilderness areas, campgrounds, developed recreation areas or tree plantations.

Once a tree is harvested, the permit must be validated and attached to the tree trunk.

Forest officials offer the following hints for a successful tree hunt:

  • Let a friend know where you're going to look and when you'll return.
  • Be informed on road conditions and carry a shovel and tire chains.
  • Dress for winter weather
  • Carry extra clothing, food and tools

Christmas tree permits may be placed on the driver’s side dashboard in lieu of a Northwest Forest Pass when parking at a trailhead. However, once enough snow accumulates and selected trailhead parking areas convert to Sno-Parks, a valid Washington State Sno-Park permit must be displayed at sno-parks.

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State Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Dan Christensen recorded this video of the release of a mama bear and her three cubs Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The bears were captured in a tree at Esther Bricques Winery near Ellisforde. The original video was much longer. We've edited out several minutes of footage between the cubs leaving the first trap and the mama and cub leaving the second trap. Enlarge

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