Christmas Tree Permits Available Soon at BLM and Forest Service Offices

Release Date: Nov 9, 2012  

Springfield, OR – Christmas tree permits will soon be available at all Willamette National Forest District offices, the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service Springfield Interagency office, and the Cottage Grove Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest. Holiday enthusiasts looking for the perfect tree will also be able to purchase permits from local vendors.

Forest Service personal use permits are $5.00 each. They allow the holders to cut one tree on designated areas of Forest Service land; each household can purchase a maximum of five permits. BLM permits are $5.50 each and for a specific area managed by the BLM; each household can purchase up to three of these permits.

This year, only BLM permits will be sold at the Springfield Interagency office. Forest Service permits will be available in Springfield at two new locations: the Bi-Mart on Main Street and Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center on Gateway Street.

 

Vendor

Town

 

Vendor

Town

Bi-Mart

541.687.7643

5744 Main Street,

Springfield

 

Pratt’s Leaburg Country Store

541.896.0500

Leaburg

Eugene, Cascades & Coast – Adventure Center

541.484.5307

3312 Gateway St

Springfield

 

Meyer’s General Store

541.822.3531

Blue River

Rivers Run Deli & Market

503.854.3039

Detroit

 

McKenzie Bridge General Store

541.822.3221

McKenzie Bridge

Mountain High Grocery

503.854.3696

Detroit

 

Harbick’s County Store

541.822.3575

Rainbow

Detroit Market

503.854.3767

Detroit

 

Jasper Store

541.746.2032

Jasper

Santiam Sports Center

503.897.2881

Mill City

 

Lowell Gas and Grocery

541.937.4200

Lowell

Coffee Hut

541.367.7510

Sweet Home

 

Bridgetown Market

541.937.3124

Lowell

Midway Grocery

541.367.1552

Sweet Home

 

Dinks Market

541.782.2668

Oakridge

Dan Dee Sales

541.367.5544

Sweet Home

 

Rascal’s Market

541.782.3704

Oakridge

Lakeside Market & Deli

541.367.3397

Sweet Home

 

Westfir Store

541.782.1999

Westfir

Mather’s Market

541.726.8570

Cedar Flat

 

Kirk & Family Mercantile

541.946.2200

Dorena*

Vida Community Market

541.896.3261

Vida

 

Killion’s Market

541.767.9690

Cottage Grove*


When heading out to collect your tree, don’t be fooled by nice weather at valley-level elevations. Weather conditions in the mountains can be drastically different and include freezing temperatures and snow. You should prepare for the unexpected; bring a handsaw or axe as well as winter clothing and safety equipment. Tire chains and a shovel are also recommended, as is extra food, drinking water, blankets, a flashlight, first aid kit, and survival gear. Tree cutting and travel may take longer than anticipated, so notify a friend or family member where you’re going, get an early start, and leave the woods well before dark.

“Going into the woods to find the family Christmas tree is a great way to experience your National Forest,” said Jeff Trejo, Forest Products Program Manager for the Willamette National Forest. “To make it a fun and safe experience, please check the current weather conditions before heading out. If you have additional concerns, contact your local Ranger Station for more information.”

To keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard, leave it outside until you’re ready to move it indoors. Cut the trunk at an angle before placing it in the stand and remember to refill the stand reservoir daily.

Visitors can purchase permits and receive maps of cutting areas at offices on weekdays from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Several offices will also be open on weekends with special appearances by Smokey Bear (see the list below for times).
For more information please contact the closest District office or call the Springfield Interagency office at (541)225-6300. 
 

District Offices

1st Day

of Sales

Weekend Dates Open

Smokey Visits

Forest Service

     Detroit Ranger District

     503.854.3366

 

Nov. 13

 

None

 

None

     Sweet Home Ranger District

     541.367.5168

Nov. 19

None

None

    McKenzie River Ranger District

     541.822.3381

Nov. 08

Dec. 1

(9:00am - 3:00pm)

Dec. 1

(10:00am - 2:00pm)

     Middle Fork Ranger District

     541.782.2283

Nov. 13

Nov. 24, 25;

Dec. 1,2; Dec. 8,9

(8:30am - 3:00pm)

Dec. 1,2;

(9am - 2pm)

     Cottage Grove Ranger District*

     541.767.5000

Nov. 17

None

None

BLM

     Eugene District

     541.683.6600

 

Nov. 23

 

None

 

None