The following is a press release from the Umpqua National Forest:
ROSEBURG, OR – It’s that time of year to gather up the family and head to the woods to cut that perfect holiday tree.
Christmas tree permits are currently on sale at Umpqua National Forest offices located in Roseburg, Glide, Tiller, Toketee, and Cottage Grove, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through December 24, and at the local vendors listed below.
The permits are for personal use only, and cost $5.00 per tree, with a limit of five trees per family.
Maps showing designated cutting areas and procedures will be provided with the purchase of your permit.
The following local vendors will have Christmas tree permits for sale beginning November 9:
- Tiller Market, Tuesday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays
- Strong’s Market, in Days Creek, Monday thru Friday 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Canyon Market, in Canyonville, Monday thru Sunday 5 a.m. to midnight
- Myrtle Creek City Hall, Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Killion’s Market, in Cottage Grove, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week
- Kirk & Family Mercantile, in Dorena, Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Idleyld Trading Post 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week
- Diamond Lake Resort 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week
- Dry Creek Store 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ., 7 days a week
In addition, North Umpqua Ranger District office will be open on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 24 and 25, December 1 and 2, December 8 and 9. Smokey will also visit the office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those Saturdays. There will be no tag sales at the North Umpqua Visitor Center this year.
Forest visitors are advised to be prepared for adverse weather and winter road conditions when heading out to the woods.
Safety measures include packing warm clothing, a winter survival kit containing traction devices, a shovel, saw or ax, flares, flashlight, food and water, and matches in your vehicle.
Log trucks will be hauling logs throughout the forest so drivers need to be vigilant when traveling on forest roads.
For more information, contact the Umpqua National Forest Supervisor’s office at 541-957-3200.