For a real Alaska Christmas tree, many families head for Chugach National Forest every year, where one free tree is allowed per household and no permit is required.
Forest Service officials urge everyone to follow several guidelines, including cutting trees at least 200 feet from roads and 450 feet away from picnic areas and campground units.
Do not fell trees into streams or other bodies of water.
Tree topping is not allowed, and the entire tree except for the stump, must be removed.
Cut trees as close to the ground as possible, with the remaining stumps no higher than six inches.
Select the tree thoughtfully to avoid leaving unsightly bare spots.
When bringing home the fresh-cut tree, keep the trees away from direct sources of heat, use lights rated for indoor use and refill water in the tree stand daily
Visit the Chugach National Forest website at cdv.tiny.us/tree for a map and specific details.