Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Press Release

Harvest Your Holiday Tree In A Northern State Forest


By - Nov 30th, 2023 09:00 am

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds Wisconsinities that they can harvest a holiday tree from a northern state forest.

Trees are available to be cut down in the Black River, Brule River, Flambeau River, Governor Earl Peshtigo River, Governor Knowles and Northern Highland-American Legion State Forests.

Balsam firs, known for their beautiful fragrance and dark green needles, are among the most sought-after species in the northern state forests. Various types of pines also find their way home with visitors.

People can get permits onsite at each property’s headquarters. The price may vary slightly from property to property, but the average cost is $5 per tree. Fresh evergreen boughs may also be harvested with a non-commercial forest products permit.

Holiday tree cutting is not offered at state parks, southern state forests and other DNR properties. However, many county forests allow non-commercial harvest of holiday trees, as does the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Contact the property where you’d like to cut a holiday tree before venturing out so you’re aware of harvesting guidelines.

“We know people enjoy our northern state forests throughout the year, and the opportunity to find that special holiday tree or bring home some fresh-scented evergreen boughs provides another great reason to visit these properties,” said Teague Prichard, DNR State Lands Specialist. “We’re pleased to welcome people who want to make the northern state forests part of their holiday tradition.”

Before heading into the woods with a saw and permit in hand, the DNR reminds visitors that harvesting is prohibited within 100 feet or visual distance of roads, trails and water and there is no harvesting from campgrounds or day use areas. Trees must be cut at ground level with a maximum height of 30 feet and the trees taken from state forests cannot be resold.

Check the spongy moth quarantine map maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to ensure you don’t transport your tree out of the quarantined area.

Find more information about holiday tree cutting permits on the DNR’s Forest Products Permits webpage.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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