Check maps before cutting down Christmas trees

During the month of December, Juneau residents can harvest one evergreen tree per household on city or state-owned land. But before grabbing an axe, saw, or tree-cutting tool of choice and heading into the woods, all would-be Paul Bunyans should consult the city and state wood-cutting area maps to avoid tree poaching.

There are three main tree-harvesting locations where trees can be cut on city land. One is out the road near Bridget Cove. The other two are on North Douglas near Fish Creek and False Outer Point. The full map, which provides specific site details, can be found online at Juneau.org/lands.

The CBJ’s Christmas Tree Policy also states that “trees must be cut at ground level” and discarded branches must be scattered.

Residents are also allowed to cut Christmas trees of fewer than 15 feet from unrestricted state lands. According to Alaska Division of Forestry policy, it is illegal to cut trees in tree plantations, and it is illegal to sell any Christmas trees cut on state land. The state Department of Natural Resources also recommends cutting trees as close to ground level as possible.

For more information, see Friday’s Outdoors section.

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