Osoyoos and area residents who want to share the magic of harvesting their own tree this holiday season are reminded they need a permit to do so.
Permits are available online or at the Service BC office in Oliver.
Local district offices can provide details about specific cutting requirements and approved harvest areas. Free use permits are provided for personal use only — selling a tree cut under a Christmas tree permit or cutting in an unauthorized area is illegal.
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. Be prepared for logging trucks.
- Make sure you have found the tree you will use before cutting to avoid wasting forest resources. Some permits specify only one tree can be cut.
- Choose a tree that can be cut near the base and is easy to transport. Wasted tree remains left in the forest form a summer fire hazard.
- Clean up and remove all debris associated with your activity.