Christmas Tree Permits
Christmas Tree Permits can be purchased seasonally at Recreation.gov where much more information can be found including designated cutting areas, maps, dates, and types of trees that may be cut.
It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing. Visitors will also need to set up or login to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction. Permits will be issued one per household on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out.
Need to Know
Where to Cut Your Tree
Though you can purchase a permit online beginning Nov. 9th, cutting is not allowed until Nov. 17 and ends Dec. 31.
Do not cut on private land, in wilderness areas, designated campgrounds, or existing tree plantations.
Do not cut in active timber sales or areas that have been planted with new trees.
Selecting Your Tree
Each forest has limitations on the size of the tree you can cut and the species of trees that are permitted. See below to help you measure and choose a tree that meets your permit's guidelines.
The tallest tree you may cut from ground level is 10 feet.
Take the whole tree. Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree
If snow is on the ground, remove it from around the stump so you can accurately measure the stump and tree height.