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The Siuslaw National Forest has started issuing holiday tree cutting permits at its offices in Corvallis, Hebo, Reedsport and Waldport.

Permits cost $5 each or are free with a fourth-grader’s Every Kid In A Park pass. Every in a Park Kid passes are free to any student attending the fourth grade this school year. In addition to a free Christmas tree permit, the Every Kid pass provides students and their families free admittance into national parks and day-use fees with other federal land agencies, such as the U.S. Forest Service. In order for students to receive an Every Kid in a Park pass, visit www.everykidinapark.gov and follow the instructions to obtain the paper voucher.

Before purchasing a Christmas tree permit on the Siuslaw National Forest, staff members advise buyers to have a specific tree or cutting location in mind.

“Searching for a suitable tree within the temperate rainforests of the Oregon Coast can be challenging,” said Courtney Schreiber, a resource specialist with the forest. “Trees on the Siuslaw grow very quickly, so it can be difficult to find one that fits inside a typical home.” Schreiber also noted that the dominant conifer species on

the forest are Douglas-firs and Sitka spruces, which are not as highly prized for Christmas trees as Noble firs or other high elevation fir species more commonly found in the Cascade Range. “But the search can still be a fun family adventure,” Schreiber added.

To purchase a Christmas tree permit for the Siuslaw National Forest, visit one of the following locations:

• Corvallis, 3200 SW Jefferson Way (541-750-7000)

• Hebo, 31525 Hwy 22 (503-392-5100)

• Reedsport, 855 Hwy 101 (541-271-6000)

• Waldport, 1130 Forestry Lane (541-563-8400)

Individuals wanting a fir species or smaller trees may want to consider purchasing a permit from a national forest with lands at higher elevations, such as the Willamette or Deschutes national forests in the Oregon Cascades. Permits must be purchased from the forest where the tree will be cut.

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