If you're thinking of ditching your fake Christmas tree this year and heading out into the backcountry to get a real one, you'll need a permit from the province.
You can get the document online or by dropping by a local natural resource district or FrontCounter BC offices.
The provincial government is offering tips to those who do decide to cut their own tree:
- Leave home prepared. Bring ropes, gloves, tools, tire chains, a first-aid kit, a cellphone and warm clothing.
- Drive carefully; watch for logging trucks.
- Make sure you have found the tree you will use before cutting. Some permits specify only one tree can be cut.
- Don't leave a pointed stump as this may cause injury to livestock, wildlife, pets or other people.
- Choose a tree that can be cut near the base and is easy to transport.
- Clean up and remove all debris from your cutting area.
Make sure to check the maps provided by the resource district to ensure you're cutting within a designated area.
And remember, it's illegal to sell a tree cut under a Christmas tree permit or to cut a tree in an unauthorized area.