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The free permits are provided for personal use only — selling a tree cut under a Christmas tree permit or cutting in an unauthorized area is illegal.
The ministry's Christmas Tree website provides links to online Christmas tree permits, FrontCounter BC and district office contact information, and the B.C. Christmas Tree Council's website contains a list of tree farms and "U-Cuts" around the province.
When cutting a Christmas tree, keep the following tips in mind:
- Leave home prepared. Bring ropes, gloves, tools, tire chains, a first aid kit, a mobile phone and warm clothing.
- Drive carefully. Be prepared for logging trucks
- Make sure you have found the tree you will use before cutting to avoid wasting forest resources. Some permits specify only one tree can be cut.
- Choose a tree that can be cut near the base and is easy to transport. Wasted tree remains left in the forest form a summer fire hazard.
- Clean up and remove all debris associated with your activity.