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The U.S. Department of Agriculture just unveiled a list of tips for anyone interested in cutting down a Christmas tree in a national forest.

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture just unveiled a list of tips for anyone interested in cutting down a Christmas tree in a national forest.

“Cutting a Christmas tree in a national forest is a family tradition for many residents of Utah,” the report said.

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  • Be mindful of weather conditions since winter weather can be unpredictable.
  • Stay on designated roads and trails.
  • Be prepared for snowpacked and slippery roads.
  • Drive a four-wheel drive vehicle if possible.
  • Let someone know when and where you intend to go.
  • Bring a cellphone with you.
  • Bring warm clothes with you.
  • Carry a flashlight, chains, shovel, first-aid kit, matches, ax, or rope to bring down your tree.
  • Shovels can help you dig out the base of the tree.

However: Tree topping isn’t allowed. You can't cut within 200 feet of a lake or stream, roads, campgrounds, picnic spots or summer home areas.

Read more: The department’s website has information on when and where to buy permits for cutting tree, as well as costs for those permits.