Christmas is right around the corner. If you're thinking of harvesting a tree for the holidays, the Department of Natural Resources has a few things for you to keep in mind when heading out to find that perfect tree. 

The department says no permit is required for Alaskans to cut down a Christmas tree as long as it's on state lands designated for cutting. One tree is allowed to be cut down per household and it must not exceed 15-feet-tall.

DNR released a list of guidelines to follow for safe, legal cutting of Christmas trees on public lands:

  • Properly identify land ownership where you intend to cut your tree. If you have any questions regarding land ownership, consult your Division of Forestry area office. 
  • Cut trees as low to the ground as possible.
  • Cutting trees in all state parks and experimental forests is prohibited.
  • The Division of Forestry does not maintain forest roads. Anyone traveling on forest roads should have appropriate gear and equipment in the event they get stuck. This includes tire chains, a shovel, tow strap and warm clothing.
  • Christmas trees cut on state land are for personal use only and may not be sold.
  • Do not litter and be courteous to other tree cutters and/or residents who live in the area.

Anyone with further questions can call the DNR Public Information Centers in Anchorage at 907-269-8400 or Fairbanks at 907-451-2705.

For a map of areas open for cutting near you and tips on how to take care of that Christmas tree, visit the DNR's website

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