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National parks a great place to find that perfect tree
Story Updated: Nov 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM PST
By Keith Eldridge MT. BAKER-SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST -- While a lot of families hit the shopping malls today, quite a few headed for the hills.
In cutting areas on national forest land, there's nothing artificial, and tree hunters are going to great lengths to get their family Christmas Tree.
"What makes a good tree? It's got to be perfect for the corner that it goes to," Renate McComb said while looking for a tree on Friday. "It's got to be noble, it's got to be even."
But it takes a lot of planning and a $10 tree permit from the Forest Service office. The office in Enumclaw will see 1,500 people come through this weekend.
"It's a family tradition," said Steve Sparkman, of Kent. "Been doing it for... my parents and now I'm taking up my kids."
Friends and family are what it's all about. Getting the troops bundled up and headed to the brisk outdoors
Finding the tree is just part of the fun.
And this year might be better than most for finding that perfect tree. A higher snow level means more trees are accessible in the cutting areas.
Cutting areas are located within national forest lands in the eastern parts of Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom Counties.