The Yukon government and the City of Whitehorse are reminding Yukoners to consult the designated harvesting map before cutting down a Christmas tree this year.
Yukoners can access the harvesting map and other important harvesting information on https://Yukon.ca/Christmas-trees. The map includes a “my location” tool to ensure Yukoners are cutting in the right area.
“Make sure to cut only on vacant public land outside of municipal boundaries or within the designated areas in Whitehorse city limits,” the two governments said in a statement last Friday.
“As a reminder, Fish Lake is not a designated harvesting area. There are many cutting locations, such as the area off Copper Haul road, the Haeckel Hill gravel pit or areas near Long Lake.”
The two governments are reminding Yukoners to make sure that the chosen tree is the one they want and that it will fit atop or inside their vehicle before they begin cutting.
“Please do not leave tall stumps behind and remember to clean up all debris afterwards. Tall stumps and debris are a safety hazard,” the statement said.
Visit https://Yukon.ca/Christmas-trees to find helpful harvesting, safety and tree care tips.
“For those seeking Christmas trees, please remember to cut your tree from designated areas,” said Energy, Mines and Resources Minister John Streicker.
“Take a few minutes to check the map and read our harvesting and safety tips on our website. Be safe and happy holidays!”
Getting a Christmas tree, added Mayor Laura Cabbott, “is an annual tradition for so many Whitehorse families.
“Whether it’s big or small, short or tall, remember to pick your tree carefully.
“Choosing a tree that is the right size, and not leaving any large stumps, helps keep our forests healthy for everyone to enjoy this holiday tradition.”
Yukoners do not need a permit or to pay a fee to cut a Christmas tree.
The best types are young pine, spruce or sub-alpine fir trees.