Permits are now available for cutting down Christmas trees on Crown land.
The permits are free but must be carried at all times and ready to show a Natural Resource Officer, Conservation Officer or Peace Officer. The permits also set out the conditions under which a tree can be cut.
They're available at the Peace Natural Resource District office, 9000-17th Street in Dawson Creek, at the Fort Nelson Natural Resource District, 6100 Alaska Highway in Fort Nelson, or online by clicking here.
Local natural resource district offices can provide details about specific cutting requirements and approved harvest areas. Maps provided by the districts showing where the trees can be cut can also be checked online.
When cutting a Christmas tree, keep the following tips in mind:
- Leave home prepared. Bring ropes, gloves, tools, tire chains, a first aid kit, a mobile phone and warm clothing.
- Drive carefully and be prepared for logging trucks. A resource road user safety guide can be found on the B.C. Forest Safety Council website, http://www.bcforestsafe.org.
- Make sure to find the right tree before cutting. Some permits specify only one tree can be cut.
- Do not leave a pointed stump as this may cause injury to livestock, wildlife, pets or humans.
- Choose a tree that can be cut near the base and is easy to transport. Wasted tree remains left in the forest can form a summer fire hazard.
- Clean up and remove all debris associated with the activity.
Members of the public are reminded to check online maps provided by districts to ensure they are cutting within a designated area.
— Prince George Citizen