Personal Use Christmas Tree Permits and Bough Permits Available on the Mt. Hood National Forest

Release Date: Nov 12, 2013  

Contact: Chris Bentley   503-668-1776

               Laura Pramuk  503-668-1791                                      

Pine cone on limb

Sandy, OR –The Mt. Hood National Forest will begin selling personal use Christmas tree cutting permits at our ranger district office’s visitor’s centers as well as many other local vendors on Friday, November 15, 2013.  Permits sell for $5.00 each (cash, check or card) and there is a limit of five permits per household. 


When purchasing your permit you will get an informational sheet with great information and rules about cutting Christmas trees from the National Forest. Your permit allows cutting a Christmas tree up to 12 feet tall.  Permits for trees taller than 12 feet may be obtained from Forest District offices for an additional cost. 


Winter weather in the forest can change rapidly.  Forest Service roads are not plowed.  Carry traction devices and be advised of winter road closures and snow park permit requirements.  The Forest Service recommends you start early in the day and be out of the forest before dark.  Keep your family and your own safety in mind as you head out to look for a Christmas tree. Dress warmly and carry a forest map, snacks and water. Do not rely solely on your GPS device as some information may not be accurate or up to date.  Also make sure relatives or friends know where you are going and when you plan to return.


Don’t forget a tool to cut your tree and rope or cord to secure it to your vehicle.


Image of a pine tree limbThe Mt. Hood National Forest currently offers Free Use Bough Permits (available at no charge) for up to 25 pounds of boughs, and Commercial Bough Permits for larger quantities.  Permits for Boughs are not available at local vendors.  Bough permits are only available at Mt. Hood National Forest District offices. You must have a permit to harvest boughs. 


Starting December 1st, our offices are reducing hours. However, we have special extended hours on weekends to better accommodate the demand for Christmas tree tags. We will be open the first two weekends in December—the 7th and 8th & the 14th and 15th—from 8 AM to 2 PM. You can purchase your Christmas tree permit at all of the Mt Hood National Forest District offices and at the following vendor locations near you.  




Christmas Tree Permit Vendor Locations:


Barlow Ranger District, Dufur Ranger Station, 780 Court Street, Dufur, OR (15 miles south of The Dalles) 541-467-2291 Monday through Friday, 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM.  


Clackamas River Ranger District, 595 NW Industrial Way, Estacada, OR.  503-630-6861 

Monday through Friday 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM (closed from 11:30 to 12:30 for lunch).

Special Holiday Hours:  Saturdays, December 7th and 14th and Sundays December 8th through 15th

From 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.


Hood River Ranger District, 6780 HWY 35, Mt. Hood-Parkdale, OR.  541-352-6002 

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 

Special Holiday Hours: Saturdays, December 7th through December 14th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.


Zigzag Ranger District, 70220 E. HWY 26, Zigzag, OR.   503-622-3191.

Monday through Friday 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM (closed from Noon to 1:00 for lunch).

Special Holiday Hours:  Saturdays, December 7th through 14th and Sundays December 8th through 15th

From 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.


Tygh Valley General Store, TV Road, Tygh Valley, OR. 541-483-2324

Open Monday through Friday 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.


Kramers Market, Main Street, Dufur, OR.  541-467-2455

Open Monday through Saturday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.


The Feed Shack, 2315 E. 2nd, The Dalles, OR.  541-298-4937

Open Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


Estacada Tackle Shop, 210 SE Hwy 224, Estacada, OR.  503-630-7424

Monday through Saturday 6:00AM to 10:00PM, Sunday 6:00AM to 8:00PM

Closed on Thursday November 28th.


Tum-A-Lum Lumber, 408 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR.  541-386-1001

Open Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM,

Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


ACE Heritage Hardware, 39181 Pioneer Boulevard, Sandy, OR. 503-668-8731
Open Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Closed on Thursday November 28th.


Hoodland Thriftway, 68280 East Highway 26, Welches, OR. 503-622-3244
Open Daily: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM.


The employees of the Mt. Hood National Forest wish you a safe and fun-filled Holiday Season.