Permits to cut a Christmas tree in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Cutting areas are within national forest lands in the eastern parts of Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. Maps and information about cutting areas are provided where permits are sold at ranger stations and at the Glacier Public Service Center.
Permits cost $10 each for a tree up to 12 feet. Permits for taller trees cost $20. The permits are for 2013 and are nonrefundable. Credit cards are not accepted at Forest Service offices.
Plan to buy a parking permit if the trip includes parking in a designated Sno-Park lot. It's recommended that people get a tree early before snow falls, as most trees are reached by narrow, unplowed mountain roads. High-clearance vehicles are often required, along with tire chains and a shovel.
Check ranger stations for road and weather information or go to www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mbs/road-trails.
Buy permits at:
- Mt. Baker Ranger Station, 810 Highway 20 in the Sedro-Woolley area. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Weekend hours, starting Nov. 30, are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details: 360-856-5700, ext. 515.
- Glacier Public Service Center, off of Mount Baker Highway. Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends. Details: 360-599-2714.