Forest nurseries of the Forestry Committee of the Moscow region for those who want to cut down a Christmas tree with their own hands will give such an opportunity from December 13, 2021.
In Russia, cutting down Christmas trees is illegal and is possible only for forest nurseries at a particular time of the year. The fine for a New Year’s tree unauthorized cut down in the forest is 3 thousand rubles, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports. If you come for it by your own car, you will have to pay at least 4 thousand rubles. For organizations, the sanctions are many times higher. Moreover, after the registration of the protocol, the Christmas tree will anyway be confiscated.
It is possible to cut down a Christmas tree for yourself in the forest and on absolutely legal grounds by contacting the regional forestry department. They will tell where it is possible to get the tree which a person will cut down under the supervision of an employee of the department. In such a case a contract for the purchase of a tree confirming the legality of a deal is issued.
This year, according to the information provided by the Chairman of the Forestry Committee of the Moscow region, Elena Kazimir, residents of the region can choose and cut down their favourite tree in two forest nurseries. These are Dmitrov and Sergiev Posad. As specified, the cutting is to be carried out personally by a buyer in the presence of an official. This is possible to do until January 7, 2022.
As explained, in such forest nurseries, there are trees specially grown for these purposes. They are located on separate New Year’s plantations and are meant for logging. Their cost is affordable to an ordinary citizen. For example, the most popular size, from 1 metre to 1.5 metres cost 300 rubles and more. A tree of 2 metres in height can be purchased at a price of 800 rubles. Finally, a tree less than one metre high can be bought for 200-250 rubles. It is also possible to just take a branch of a tree for 30 rubles per one.