Families Can Go Tree Hunting in the Chequamegon Nicolet

Dec 2, 2013

Deer hunters may be lamenting the end of the gun season…but there’s still plenty of time for tree hunting. 

A five dollar permit can get you a holiday tree from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
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Individuals searching for a Christmas tree can cut one in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest…with a five dollar permit.  Spokeswoman Megan Healy says part of the appeal of cutting your own tree is the experience. 

“It’s the freshness of the tree, and also I think the adventure and the story you have, to go out and pick your very own tree with your family, and memories to build for the future.  Things you can think about as you go out and celebrate your holiday season.”

A household can purchase up to five permits for tree harvesting.  But there are several rules.  Trees can’t be cut in a wilderness area, or within fifty feet of a road or trail.   They also can’t be taken within 300 feet of a ranger station or private property.   

And the Forest Service says it’s not ok to cut the top off a larger tree: find one that is the right size. 

“Also make sure you arrive early because it might take you a little bit longer to find that special tree.  Think about how you’re gonna get it home – be prepared for tying to the top of your car, make sure you’ve got your rope with you.”

The Forest Service also warns people to dress warmly…and be prepared for snowy, unplowed roads in the national forest. 

Complete rules and maps are available at your local ranger station…or online.