‘Tis the season to find the perfect Christmas tree. This year, why not make it an outdoor adventure?
Finding a Christmas tree in one of Alberta’s forests is a cherished tradition for many families. All you need to get started (well, besides an ax and a roof rack) is a permit.
Permit holders can cut up to three trees that are no taller than two metres (8 feet). This helps ensure you’ll be able to fit your tree through your front door, cutting down on waste.
- Trees can only be cut on Crown land
- Trees should not be cut from areas where forests are in early stages of regeneration.
If you’re not sure where to start your tree-finding adventure, your local forestry office can direct you to the most appropriate area.
For a third year, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park near Medicine Hat is also offering Christmas tree cutting in designated areas. The forest in these areas is beginning to crowd out important grasslands, and controlled tree cutting can help preserve them. Start your adventure at the Visitor Centre, where you can pick up your permit and get directions. The permits are free but donations to the youth outdoor equipment fund are appreciated.
Tree cutting without a permit is subject to a minimum fine of $100 on crown land, or $237 in a provincial park. So make like Bertie Beaver – be sure to find a permit before you find your perfect tree: