A child chooses a live tree at the University of B.C. Christmas tree farm in Vancouver. Permits to cut a live tree from Crown land are available in most areas of the province.

Harvesting a Christmas tree on Crown land

Free use permits are available for most areas of the province, good for one tree in designated areas of provincial forest

Free use permits to cut a Christmas tree on Crown land are available from forest district and FrontCounterBC offices in most areas of the province.

Local district offices can identify areas of Crown where one tree may be legally cut for personal use. Permits are not available for the Chilliwack and South Island forest districts due to population density and tree demand.

The ministry’s Christmas tree website has links to offices that offer tree permits for designated areas, with online permits available in some regions. The website has links and phone numbers for FrontCounterBC and forest district offices.

There is also a link to the B.C. Christmas Tree Council, which has a list of private tree farms around B.C.

Once you have a Crown land permit, the ministry suggests leaving home prepared with ropes, gloves and tools. Choose a tree that can be cut near the base and is easily transported out, to minimize waste and debris that can be a fire hazard next summer.

 

Just Posted

Registration opens for Okanagan Singer-Songwriter competition

Lake Country - The seventh annual competition auditions are held around the Okanagan

Youth athletes get $22k from Kelowna builder

Mission Group supports a group of ten elite cyclists and triathletes from around Kelowna

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

Coordinated search finds missing Kelowna boy

All available police resources were called in to help find a missing boy Monday afternoon

Kelowna students leave for downhill challenge

A group of students from UBCO is ready for annual concrete toboggan race

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

‘The tsunami alarm failed my household’: North Coast residents concerned over sirens, alerts

People living in northern communities share how they learned about Tuesday’s tsunami warning

Flying squirrel touches down inside Salmon Arm home

Rodent jumps around residence before homeowers encourage it back outdoors

Snowboarder dies at Vancouver Island ski resort

Death at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Taylor: Humans the theory makers

Lake Country columnist Jim Taylor writes weekly in the Calendar

Man faces 48 charges in string of random Toronto shootings

The string of unprovoked shootings began Jan.9, say police

Slayer adds Penticton to North American tour

Slayer adds the South Okanagan Events Centre as a stop on their last tour

‘Shape of Water’ producer, Christopher Plummer among Canadian Oscar nominees

Guillermo del Toro film about merman romance earns 13 nominations

Vancouver Canucks confirm participation in NHL Young Stars

Canucks confirmed participation, at least for this year, in the NHL Young Stars event in Penticton

Most Read