WITN is once again a proud sponsor of Beary Merry Christmas.
Visitors were encouraged to bring donations for Toys for Tots and State College Food Bank, and donors 12 and younger were entered into a drawing to join Santa on stage to light the tree. These trees will be used to help decorate Christmas Land which is located behind the Southport Fire Department.
A Christmas tree tag, an information sheet on cutting regulations, and maps of designated cutting sites are included with the permits.
The Gila National Forest is also pleased to announce that all four graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid in a Park initiative.
Permits for Christmas trees on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Medford BLM districts are $5 per tree.
National forest roads are not plowed for snow removal and icy or snow-packed conditions may exist. Bureau of Management Christmas tree permits are sold separately. Forest users are also asked to respect forest and private lands, dispose of litter in trashcans or "pack it out", and close all forest gates after passing through them.
Next week begins the annual institution of hunting down the flawless Christmas tree - a compact four weeks when 30 million evergreens make the transition from field to living room.