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Published November 20, 2013, 08:34 PM

Cut your own Xmas tree at Rydell Refuge

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge says it will host its annual Christmas tree-cutting event Dec. 7 and 8. Gates will open about 10 a.m. and close about 3 p.m.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge says it will host its annual Christmas tree-cutting event Dec. 7 and 8. Gates will open about 10 a.m. and close about 3 p.m.

Participants should bring a handsaw (no chainsaws allowed) to cut their own tree, and a few handsaws will be available for those who do not have their own. Cocoa, cider, coffee and other treats will be available in the refuge’s Visitor Center, and the refuge’s gift shop also will be open.

Volunteers will be on hand in the Visitor Center to help with registration and at the cutting sites to assist with tree removal and tie-down. Refuge staff and volunteers also will have some pre-cut some trees available for sale for those who would rather not cut their own.

Donations received for trees will go to the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuge Association. The Friends group works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to promote a variety of events at the refuge and Visitor Center.

Winter hours at the Visitor Center generally are 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. When snow conditions allow, the seven-mile trail system is groomed for cross-country skiing and is accessible for hiking and biking year-round from sunrise to sunset seven days a week, except during special deer hunts or when posted otherwise.

A parking area is outside the main gate for visitors’ convenience.

To get to the refuge, go three miles east of Mentor, Minn., (or about three miles west of Erskine, Minn.) on U.S Highway 2 and turn south on Polk County 210 for 2.5 miles to the large entrance sign. The refuge also can be reached by taking U.S. Highway 59 to Polk County 41, turning west and following the signs.


For more information, contact the refuge at (800) 841-0172.

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