Thursday, November 29, 2018

British Columbia outlines Free Use Permit process for Christmas tree cutting

Residents of Northwestern British Columbia looking to head out into the woods to harvest their own Christmas tree are reminded that it's not a wild west of chain saws and axes out in the woodlands with the province reviewing the list of Not cut areas that you should be aware of.

As part of the annual free use permit for Christmas Tree cutting a list of rules and regulations provides for the guide for those taking to the Coast Mountains Resource District between now and Christmas.

Among the things to keep in mind when looking for your tree,

NO CUTTING of Christmas trees is permitted in the following areas:

Private Lands 
Treaty Lands 
Forest Plantations and Research Areas 
Parks, Ecological Reserves and Conservancies 
Community Watersheds 
Juvenile-spaced reforested areas 
Woodlot Licenses and Community Forests unless authorized by the License holder 
Any other areas alienated or reserved for a special use

The Free Use Permit authorizes the Permittee to cut 1 and only 1 Christmas tree for their own personal use.

Make sure it is the tree you want before you cut it. And be aware that any Christmas tree cut under the Free Permit Use cannot be offered for resale.

You can access and print out the Free Use permit from this link.

More background on the annual Christmas Tree Permit program can be reviewed here.

Contacts for questions for the Ministry of Lands, Forests and Natural Resource Operations can be found here.

For those that prefer that their Christmas tree come to them, Save On Foods has started receiving their annual supply of Christmas Trees, and next weekend the Prince Rupert Rotary Club will once again be selling their supply of trees, setting up in the Rotary Tennis Courts at McBride Street and 6th Avenue West.

For more notes related to Community events see our archive page here.

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