NOTICE: For those trying to contact the JBER Forester, iSportsman administrators,  or other JBER contacts, please be advised that USAF computer servers have been known to restrict communications from certain email providers, including GCI. If you do not receive a timely response to your email inquiry, it is recommended that you follow up with a phone call. See "Contacts" tab of the JBER iSportsman page for specific contact phone numbers.

 

JBER CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING PROGRAM

CHRISTMAS TREE Permits will be available on Thursday, November 19th.

2020 Permits will not be issued before 19 November 2020, requests will not be reviewed prior to that date.

Have a SAFE and Merry Holiday! Protect your family and be firewise: CLICK HERE 

IMPORTANT: Authorization to cut a Christmas tree is Required and allowed only in DESIGNATED AREAS 

In order to authorize Christmas Tree Cutting:

On JBER-Elmendorf you must have a DoD ID card or be DoD ID card sponsored. You must have an iSportsman recreational permit AND must be signed into the correct Recreation Area in iSportsman. Family members and guests are not required to have a separate permit when accompanying permittee for tree cutting.

You must first register in iSportsman and purchase a Recreation Permit. Only the person requesting the Christmas Tree Permit is required to have an iSportsman Permit. All accompanying guests are required to stay with the permitted recreator.

Contact Raymon Hedges at Raymon.Hedges@us.af.mil ON/AFTER November 19th and provide your first and last name, iSportsman Recreation Permit number, and preferred email address. Requests before this date will not be accepted.

Authorizations are completed during normal business hours and may take 1 to 2 days to complete. Authorizations are not completed on weekends or on federal holidays. You will receive an email confirmation when your authorization has been completed. 

Once your permit has been activated:

  • You must Sign-In/Sign-Out for wood cutting, just like any other recreational activity on base.

  • NOTE – When attempting to Sign-In, you will only be allowed to Sign-In to training areas that are currently open; if you don’t see your preferred training area on the sign-in page, it is NOT available.

  • Upon Signing-Out from iSportsman, you must indicate whether you collected a Christmas tree that day (enter Quantity = 1).

Christmas trees obtained from JBER may not be resold or bartered.

To Protect Our Troops and the Natural Environment they Train in:

  • No trees taller than 20 feet or more than 6 inches in diameter at breast height (DBH) may be cut.
  • Stumps must be cut to within 6 inches of the ground.
  • Unused branches must  be chopped and scattered.
  • Inspect the trunk of your tree before you cut it.
    • Make sure that it is free of damage from insects and appears healthy and green.
  • TOPPING OF TREES IS PROHIBITED
    • Removing the tops of larger trees to use as a Christmas Tree may increase the risk of spreading dormant spruce bark beetles and is  hazardous and unhealthy to our forests!
  • Dispose of used Christmas Trees only in authorized areas! Do not dump dead trees back into the forest or training areas.

Christmas tree cutting will take place only in designated areas on the maps below.

  • The person whose name appears on the permit must be present at the time of harvest.
  • Do not block vehicle access routes, trails, or roads.
  • Use precautions using your chainsaw to prevent spills of gasoline and oil. All litter must be removed from the site.

Christmas Trees may only be harvested from authorized areas. Click on the map links below for the designated areas:

AUTHORIZED CHRISTMAS TREE AREAS

​*Areas and Maps will be posted in November 2019*
- CLICK LINKS BELOW -

Overview of Areas

Richardson Cantonment

Training Areas 402 thru 405

Spots in Training Areas 401 thru 405

**Failure to follow these instructions may lead to loss of wood cutting privileges**

CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS ON PREVENTING FIRES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Click here for a special message from the JBER Fire Prevention Office

Personal Use Firewood     Forestry Program

JBER Forestry Contact: Raymon Hedges raymon.hedges@us.af.mil (907) 384-3321

*Please note, the Air Force Email system is extremley sensitive to public email servers and may filter out attachements, links, or fail to send at all without notification to the sender or the recipient.  GCI email addresses are specifically impacted.  If you have not received a response to your email request within 2 business days, please call (907) 384-3321.