BAKER CITY – (Release from Wallowa Whitman National Forest) Happy holidays to all! There are many ways to celebrate the season, and one of them is venturing into the National Forest to find the perfect tree. It’s an affordable experience that offers priceless memories: footprints in the snow, the scent of fresh-cut fir, warm drinks, frosty breath, rosy cheeks, and smiling faces.
“If you are on the hunt for the perfect tree, you are welcome to harvest one from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest,” said Shaun McKinney, Forest Supervisor. “You’ll have a memorable adventure and a story to share with family and friends. Fortunately, it is now easier than ever to get a tree permit at Recreation.gov or from one of our local vendor partners. To conserve forest ecosystems and scenery, we ask for your help by following the rules in the 2021 Christmas Tree brochure. Have fun, be safe, and happy holidays!”
Visitors will also need to set up or login to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction. Permits are available for $5.
If you would like to support a local business with your permit purchase this year, visit one of the many local vendors in your area listed below:
Bi Mart in Baker City, OR, (541) 523-0680
D&B Supply, Baker City, OR, (541) 523-6442
York’s, Baker City, OR, 541-523-2577
The Gold Post, Sumpter, OR, (541) 894-2362
Burnt River Market, Unity, OR, (541) 446-3660
Hitchin’ Post Grocery, Richland, OR, (541) 893-6175
Halfway Market, Halfway, OR, (541) 742-6174
Wallowa Food City, Wallowa, OR, (541) 886-3691
Dollar Stretcher, Enterprise, OR, (541) 426-5833
Sports Corral, Joseph, OR, (541) 432-4363
Miller’s Home Center, La Grande, OR, (541) 963-3113
Bi Mart in La Grande, OR, (541) 963-2166
Hometown Hardware, Union, OR, (541) 562-5472
Island City Market & Deli, Island City, OR, (541) 963-7140
Did you know cutting a holiday tree can also help to improve forest health? By following the rules for locating and harvesting your tree, you will be participating in forest thinning by removing a small-diameter tree. In most parts of the forest, removing small trees reduces the risk of wildfire, helps other trees to grow larger and more fire-resistant, and creates open areas that provide forage for wildlife. So don’t feel bad when you cut that little tree. You are supporting a healthy forest.
For more information, please contact your nearest National Forest office:
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Clarkston, WA, (509) 758-0616