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Ocala National Forest offers Christmas Tree Permits

Release Date: Nov 15, 2012   Ocala National Forest

Contact(s): Susan Blake


The U.S. Forest Service will again sell Christmas tree permits.  For those who would like to harvest a Christmas tree from the Ocala National Forest, the area will be available for harvesting a tree on Friday, Nov. 23 to Monday, Dec. 24.  The most convenient way to receive a permit is by postal mail. 

To obtain a permit by mail send personal check or money order payable to the USDA Forest Service to the Silver Springs Forest Service office or the Umatilla Forest Service office.  Permits may also be purchased in person at either the Silver Springs Forest Service office, located approximately 20 miles east of Ocala, Fla., at 17147 East Highway 40 or the Umatilla Forest Service office located at 40929 State Road 19, Umatilla, Fla. 32784.  Anyone wishing to obtain a permit is encouraged to do so as soon as possible.  

The cost per tree is $7.00, which allows the cutting of one sand pine Christmas tree from any of the designated areas.  Christmas tree permits will sold at the Forest Service offices during regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., starting  Friday, Nov. 23 and ending Monday, Dec. 24.  All permit holders will receive directions and maps to the designated tree cutting area at the time of purchase. 

While searching for your Christmas tree, consider spending the day exploring the Ocala National Forest. With milder weather in December, take this time to enjoy a hike or picnic. Maps showing various recreation activities are also available at the Forest Service offices and visitor centers.

For additional information, please call the Silver Springs Forest Service office at (352) 625-2520 or the Umatilla Forest Service office at (352) 669-3153.