Christmas Trees Permits For Sale
Release Date: Nov 19, 2012
Brenda Barton 541.750.7194,
Katie Sapp 541.602.9242
Christmas tree permits are for sale at Siuslaw National Forest offices. Permits cost $5 each and allow the permit holder to cut one tree for personal use.
It’s a family and recreational tradition for some families to locate their Christmas tree on national forest lands according to Brenda Barton, Timber Contracting Officer for the Siuslaw National Forest.
While the Siuslaw National Forest promotes this activity by selling the annual permits, people need to be aware that finding the perfect tree may not be as easy as in past years.
Most trees on this Forest are fast growing trees which render them less than ideal Christmas trees. In addition, areas with small trees are becoming less available due to fewer young tree plantations and some area closures, including Marys Peak.
Douglas fir and Sitka Spruce are the most common tree species available on the Siuslaw National Forest. Highly sought after Noble firs, and other high elevation “true firs”, are not available on the Siuslaw National Forest.
However, Noble firs and other high elevation “true firs” can be found in the Willamette National Forest, which is also offering Christmas tree permits. The closest location to the Corvallis area to purchase a permit for the Willamette National Forest is at the Sweet Home Ranger District and local vendors in Sweet Home and Foster.
Christmas Tree Permits
Finding a tree may turn into an all-day outing, so be prepared. Travel on forest roads during the winter is unpredictable. It is advisable to let friends or family know where you are headed and when you anticipate returning. Tree cutters should bring a handsaw or axe as well as winter clothing and safety equipment. Tire chains and shovel are recommended, as is extra food, drinking water, blankets, a flashlight, first aid kit, and survival gear.
Before you cut your tree, remember the following common-sense rules: You must take the entire tree; you cannot take the top off of a larger tree. After you cut your tree, you must immediately attach your permit. You cannot later discard the tree for another you find more desirable.
Once you’ve selected your tree, saw or chop it within six inches to the ground and leave no limbs attached to the stump. To keep the tree from drying out, leave it out side until you are ready to put it in a stand, then cut the trunk at an angle and keep it in plenty of water.
For current road and snow conditions, please contact the nearest ranger station where you plan to look for your tree.
Siuslaw National Forest Christmas tree permits are valid only on national forest lands within the Siuslaw National Forest.
Permits can be purchased at the following locations:
Hebo Ranger District
31525 Hwy. 22
Hebo, OR 97122
Central Coast Ranger District
1049 SW Pacific Hwy
Waldport, OR 97394
Oregon Dunes NRA Visitor Center
855 Highway Avenue
Reedsport, OR 97467
Siuslaw Forest Headquarters
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
(Mon–Fri, 8:30 – 4:00)
For more information about the Siuslaw National Forest visit our web site at www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw or call 541-750-7000. Stay in touch through www.twitter.com/siuslawNF and www.facebook.com/DiscoverSiuslawNF.