Christmas Tree Tag Permits

Adult and child getting ready to cut down a christmas tree

Many families begin their holiday season by cutting their own Christmas tree from the national forests. All you need is a $5.00 permit, sharp axe, thermos of cocoa and a little patience. Away from the holiday rush, families discover the peace of the forest surrounded by winter white. 

You can get your tree permit from the Forest Superivor's Office in Cass Lake or any of the district offices in Blackduck, Deer River and Walker. 

Trees can be cut anywhere on National Forest land except recreation areas, trails, and administrative sites. To insure you are on National Forest system land, ask for recommended sites when picking up a permit, or purchase a Forest map.

Most people prefer balsam fir as a Christmas tree due to the longevity of the needles but spruce and pine are also cut.