Create Special Memories with a White Mountain National Forest Christmas Tree

You will need a permit to cut any Christmas tree in the National Forest. These can be purchased for $5 at any of the Forest offices.

Need to know about Christmas tree permits:

  • A permit can be purchased with cash or check made out to the 'US Forest Service'.
  • Trees are for personal use by the purchaser only, not for resale or transfer.  Each family may cut one tree per permit (one Christmas tree permit per family).
  • Use only hand tools to cut Christmas trees.  Chainsaws are not permitted.
  • Make sure you are on National Forest land.  Respect the rights of landowners when crossing private property.
  • Do not  cut trees in or near campgrounds, picnic areas, Experimental Forests, Wilderness, active timber sales, or within 100' of a state highway.  Ask if there are any known "off limit" areas.
  • Do not cut trees larger than 8" in diameter at chest height.  Pack down limb piles low enough so they are within 2' of the ground.  Scatter limbs and wood at least 25 feet away from roads, streams, hiking trails, and property boundaries.
  • Cut your tree so remaining stumps will be less than 10" in height.  
  • Tree tags may be used as temporary Recreation Passes.  Place the tag prominently on the dashboard while searching for a tree.  Once the tree is at the vehicle, the tree must be tagged before transporting. 
  • View our printable handy Christmas tree brochure.