The group carries their cut trees out of the forest to take home.
College student, Tara Grismer, poses with the saw she used to cut down a tree this winter.
Christmas-tree-cutters saw a young tree in order to clear a cluster of trees that could have been fuel for a wildfire.
Young trees form a cluster in El Dorado National Forest.
Dead trees burned by the 1992 Cleveland Fire in Whitehall stand in El Dorado National forest.
Clusters of small trees fuel wildfires in the summertime, so cutting down trees in these clusters helps prevent wildfires later in the year. This Christmas, people are encouraged to cut down their own trees on National Forest Service land using special permits and their own materials.
By Kezha Neale-Sacks,
In efforts to be safe during the pandemic and help conservation efforts, folks looking for Christmas trees turn to the national forest for their trees this year.