Forest Service Christmas Tree Permits Available November 14th

Release Date: Nov 16, 2011   Ochoco National Forest

Contact(s): Tory Kurtz


Christmas Tree Permits Available Starting November 14th 

 

Central Oregon.– Retail outlets and Forest Service offices throughout Central Oregon will begin selling permits to harvest Christmas trees from the Ochoco and Deschutes National Forest on Monday, November 14th.

The permits can be purchased for $5 at Forest Service offices throughout Central Oregon and at the following retail outlets:

  • Any Central Oregon Bi-Mart   
  • Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau
  • Big R                                      
  • Butler Market South
  • Camp Sherman Store              
  • Central Oregon Visitor Assn.
  • Corner Store                           
  • Gene Bennington Properties
  • Hammer Time Home Center   
  • Pine Street Rental
  • Powder House                        
  • Quick Stop
  • R + R Grocery                                    
  • Redmond Cent Wise Sporting Goods
  • Sisters Lutton’s Hardware       
  • Sisters Mainline Station
  • Terrebonne True Value Hardware

Click Here for Christmas Tree Permit Vendor contact information.

A validated permit must be attached to each tree that is transported, with a maximum of five trees per household.

Permit holders can harvest any tree species shorter than twelve feet on National Forests.  They cannot cut trees within Forest Service nurseries and plantations, or within 150 feet of highways or 300 feet of streams.

Christmas tree harvesters can find pine trees near Bend and Sisters at lower elevations, and firs and cedars in higher country.  Pines around Prineville grow on south and west slopes, whereas firs and cedars typically grow on slopes facing north or east.

The publication “Guidelines for Collecting Your Christmas Tree” and instructions printed on permits give additional information about Christmas tree harvesting.  Forest Service officials also recommend the following:

  • Check weather and road conditions before departing.
  • Dress warmly, pack water, food, tools and a first-aid kit.
  • Let friends know your travel plans and expected return time.
  • Equip party members with a signal whistle and be aware of each other’s location.
  • Drive a well-maintained vehicle that is fully equipped for winter driving.

For more information on Christmas tree permits, contact Beckie Zimmerman, Deschutes and Ochoco Special Forest Products Program Coordinator, at (541) 416-6547.

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