Reminder to those cutting real Christmas trees this year

Melissa Jenkins
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Many residents of Newfoundland and Labrador decorate a real evergreen tree for Christmas.

Gov of NL

Many residents of Newfoundland and Labrador decorate a real evergreen tree for Christmas.

Some buy their tree from a roadside vendor, while others take the traditional route of picking and cutting their own.

The provincial Department of Natural Resources is sending out a reminder to all residents who plan on partaking in the tree cutting practice this season.

  A permit is not required to cut trees, but there are a few practices that are illegal:

• a tree cannot be cut down within 102 metres of the centre line of any highway;

• trees cannot be cut in any forest improvement or preservation area, i.e. n”No cutting” signs, or protected forestry areas; and

• large trees cannot be cut to use the top portion.

 

It is also illegal to leave a tree in the woods once it has been cut down, so residents are being encouraged to choose a tree before cutting it.

The department also released a reminder to seasonal Christmas tree vendors. A commercial cutting permit is required for those who plan on cutting and selling trees. The permit can be obtained from any district forestry office in the province.

District forestry offices located in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region are Heart’s Content, Whitbourne and Carbonear. Visit http://www.nr.gov.nl.ca/nr/department/contact/forestry/forestry.html#region for details on contacting these, or other offices in the province.

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Placentia, Carbonear

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