Sales of Christmas Tree Permits Begin Nov. 1

Release Date: Oct 22, 2012  

Susanville, Calif…The first of November marks the beginning of the Christmas tree cutting season on the Lassen National Forest. Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase in-person from November 1 through December 15, as outlined in the table. Each $10 permit allows for the cutting of one tree on Forest lands during the period of November 1 - December 25, 2012. The maximum number of permits allowed per household is two. Along with the permit, purchasers will be provided a map showing cutting areas, requirements, and helpful tips.

It’s important to note that permits will not be sold at businesses in the Butte Meadows, Paradise, and Mineral areas. However, Forest personnel will be selling permits in those areas, at the Mineral and Butte Meadows work centers, on the dates and times noted here.

Permits may also be purchased through the mail. Information and order forms are available at: (see “Passes & Permits”). Mailed requests for permits must be received by December 10 and should be directed to the nearest Forest Service office listed in the table. To expedite your request, write “Christmas Tree Permit” on the envelope.

When purchasing by mail, please include the following: printed name and address to which the permit(s) are to be mailed; purchaser’s daytime telephone number; a check or money order (with driver’s license number written upon it) for $10.00 per permit, made out to "USDA Forest Service"; and the name of the person(s) who will be signing the permit and cutting the tree(s). Please allow at least one week for processing of your request.

Tree cutters must ensure that the tree permit tag is visible at all times during transport. The permit is required to be attached to the tree and sealed in such a manner that the permit must be cut or the seal broken to be removed. Those planning to transport more than five trees in the same vehicle will require a transportation permit from the local Sheriff’s Office.

Remember to be prepared for sudden weather changes and colder conditions, particularly in higher elevations. For the unprepared, a tree-cutting outing can become very uncomfortable and even dangerous with a quick change of weather. Although tree cutting is permitted through December 25, officials recommend cutting trees early in the season before higher elevations become snowbound. Trees can stay fresh for some time if properly cared for.

One helpful hint is to bring an old tarp in which to wrap the tree during transport. The tarp helps to protect the tree from broken branches and other damage as it’s removed from the forest. The tarp can also help prevent wind damage on the way home. To help keep a tree fresh once it arrives home, cut two inches from the bottom and place it in water. Keep the tree watered and in a shady spot outside until it’s time to bring it inside.

When and where to purchase Christmas tree cutting permits from the Lassen National Forest from November 1 through December 15, 2012

Mail-in order form

View 2012-2013 Christmas Tree Cutting Map