Thousands of Utahns cut their own Christmas trees in national forests every year, and the day after Thanksgiving remains one of the most popular days to do so.
Though some areas like the Heber-Kamas Ranger District have sold out of tree cutting permits, the Forest Service’s Kathy Jo Pollock said most forests in the state have permits available.
“The Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District here on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest just started selling permits on the 22nd and they have unlimited permits,” Pollock said.
For families headed to the forest this weekend, Pollock had a few reminders.
“They have to dig down [in the snow] because the stumps are not to be left more than six inches from the ground—no topping of trees—and just be prepared for inclement weather and check before you go to see now much snow is in the area,” Pollock said.
Pollock said the tree cutting season has shifted earlier in recent years, as people attempt to avoid hiking through snow to get their trees.