Christmas Tree Permits on Sale Nov. 13

Release Date: Nov 5, 2013  

Permits to harvest a Christmas tree from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be available this year beginning Nov. 13, 2013.

Permits may be purchased for $5 per tree at all ranger district offices, the Forest Headquarters in Vancouver and at several commercial vendor locations. Permits may also be available through the mail. The permits are valid for one-time use only. Please contact your nearest Forest Service office for more details.

Before setting out on your trip, check the web and call the forest office nearest your destination for the latest in road and weather updates. Be alert for unpredictable weather and hazardous driving conditions.

Current road status reports and closures can be found on the forest's website at For information on forest closures please see the forest Alerts and Notices page at

Special Instructions:

  • Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument is closed to tree cutting.
  • Cut one tree per permit. Five permits maximum per household.
  • Christmas tree permits are not refundable for any reason.
  • Tree cutting is prohibited in Wildernesses, developed campgrounds, administrative sites, within 300 feet of streams, on private or state-owned lands within national forest boundaries and in other posted areas.
  • Gifford Pinchot National Forest Christmas tree permits are not valid on other land ownerships.
  • Cutting on private lands is subject to trespass action.
  • If unsure about areas available for tree cutting, contact the nearest Forest Service office.

Safety Tips:

  • Be prepared for cold and changing winter weather conditions.
  • Carry tire chains, shovel, flashlights, and blanket in your vehicle.
  • Bring extra food and hot beverages.
  • Arrive at your Christmas tree cutting area early to avoid travel in the dark.
  • Wear proper winter clothing and carry extras in case you get wet.
  • Most National Forest roads are not maintained or snowplowed during the winter.
  • Drive safely and slowly - turn on your lights and watch for ice.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back.

A Christmas Tree Cutting Fact Sheet is available at all Forest Service offices.

The Mt. Adams and Cowlitz Valley ranger district offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch from noon until 1 p.m. daily.

Forest Headquarters in Vancouver and the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters in Amboy are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.