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Christmas Tree Tags Available 11-17-14

Christmas tree tags are now available for sale at all Salmon-Challis National Forest district offices in Challis, Mackay and Leadore, the Public Lands Center in Salmon, as well as participating vendors in Salmon, Leadore and Mackay. Vendors selling Christmas Tree tags for the 2014 season in Salmon are: Cycles, Sleds and Saws and Service Grocery; in Leadore: Stage Stop; and in Mackay: Sammy’s Mini-Mart.

Tags are non-refundable and must be purchased before cutting your tree. Each tag costs $5.00 per tree. A household may purchase two tags. The tag may be used in any open area administered by the Salmon-Challis National Forest or the Salmon and Challis BLM Field Offices.

Guidelines for cutting include:

No cutting within 300 feet of campgrounds, streams, lakes or ponds.

Cut your tree at least 100 feet away from either side of any main road, including 200 feet from US Highway 93 and 1/3 mile from the roadside of the Salmon River Road (Forest Road #030).

Cut tree below the lowest whorl or limbs. Do not cut trees that measure 8 inches or greater in diameter at the 4 ˝ feet mark.

No topping of trees is allowed.

Areas where cutting is prohibited:

Pass Creek Narrows - Lost River Ranger District, Mackay

Cow Creek and Freeman Creek Plantations – Salmon BLM Field Office, Salmon

Research areas

Wilderness areas

Any tree plantation

Once you have selected and cut your tree, place the tag around the stem or a branch of the tree before transporting. The tag must be signed and attached to the tree in such a manner that removal will destroy the tag. Caution is advised on snow covered roads. In many places, four-wheel drive or chains may be needed. Be prepared for cold weather conditions or emergencies that may present themselves by being outdoors during winter months.

Keep your tree in water while indoors to maintain freshness, reduce fire hazards and to enjoy its beauty throughout the holiday season. If the base dries out, resin will form over the cut end and the tree will not be able to absorb water causing it to dry out quickly. Most fresh-cut trees should last at least five weeks before drying out if properly cared for.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest wishes you a happy holiday season!

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