Holiday Tradition - Cutting your Christmas Tree

Christmas tree cutting on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests has been a holiday tradition for many years. To help protect the future of this program, we ask that you take special care to read and follow the guidelines for collecting your tree and the instruction printed on your Christmas tree permit/tag.

Purchase your Christmas Tree permit online!

This year, Christmas Tree Permits can be purchased online at Or permits can be purchased at local vendors. Due to COVID-19 restrictions permits will not be available for purchase at local Forest Service offices this year.

Finding the Perfect Tree

The most popular tree species used for Christmas Trees are Douglas-fir, White fir, Incense Cedar and sometimes, Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pines.

In general, pines can be found on flatter ground at lower elevations around Bend and on south and west facing slopes around Prineville. Firs and Cedars are found at higher elevations around Bend and Sisters and on north and east facing slopes around Prineville.

  • How you collect your Christmas Tree can be half the fun... Try cross-country skiing into less accessible areas!
  • Branches trimmed from your tree may be used as Holiday greens.
  • Recycle! Check with your county landfill. Most will recycle trees free of charge through the end of January. (Commercial lots excluded. Please no tinsel or flocked trees.)

Guidelines and Restrictions for collecting your Christmas Trees

  • One permit is required for each Christmas Tree.... Five permits maximum, per household. Permits are $5.00 each.
  • Cut your Christmas Tree only on National Forest lands. 
  • Select any tree species that is less than 12 feet tall.
  • Only take a tree that is within 20 feet of another tree.
  • Cut stumps shorter than 12 inches.
  • Respect road and area closures.
  • Motorized travel for the purpose of cutting your tree must comply with restriction found on Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Maps. 

    Please do not cut trees:
    • On private property.
    • Within 150 feet of state highways, picnic areas, campgrounds and other developed areas.
    • Within 300 feet of streams and bodies of water.
    • Within young tree plantations (nursery grown seedlings planted for future forests).
    • Within designated Wilderness areas or the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

In 2020 Permits may be Available at the following locations:


  • Ace Hardware, 660 NE 3rd St, 541-389-9094
  • Visit Bend, 750 Lava RD, Suite 160,  541-382-8048
  • Bi-Mart, 351 NE 2nd St,  541-389-5505
  • Butler Market South, 61396 S. Highway 97,  503-910-0361
  • C.E. Lovejoy's, 19530 Amber Meadow Drive, 541-306-0106
  • Powder House, 311 SW Century Dr., 541-389-6234
  • Project Bike, 35 NW Bond St., 541-668-6377, 541-550-6840
  • Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), 311 SW Century Dr., 541-385-0594
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse, 63492 Hunnell Road, (541) 693-5000
  • Weston's Corner, 718 NW Columbia Street, 541-588-0588

La Pine

  • Bi-Mart, 51670 Huntington Rd., 541-536-9600


  • Bi-Mart 2091 N.E. 3rd St., 541-447-0391e
  • R & R Grocery, 940 S.E. Combs Flat Rd., 541-447-7231

Camp Sherman

  • Camp Sherman Store, S.W. Roberts Bridge Rd., 541-595-6711


  • Bi-Mart, 1575 Hwy 97,  541-475-1394


  • Bi-Mart, 1727 S.W. Odem Medo Way 541-923-7220
  • Coastal Farm and Ranch, 3141 S. Hwy 97, 541-548-4095



  • Bi-Mart 445 W. Hwy 20, 541-719-2000
  • Sisters Ace Hardware, 373 E. Hood Ave., 541-549-8011
  • Sisters Mainline Station, 1001 Railway, 541-549-5400
  • Sisters Rental, 506 N. Pine St., 541-549-9631


  • Camp Abbott Trading Co., 56820 Venture Lane, 541-593-8168
  • Summit Xpress, 71355 Spring River Rd., 503-910-0361
  • Sunriver Resort LP, 17600 Center Drive,  541-593-3456

Safety Information

  • Always let someone know where you plan to cut.
  • Bring additional warm clothing, a container of hot liquid, water, lunch or a few snacks as it always takes longer than expected.
  • Carry a flashlight, chains, first aid kit, a hatchet or axe, good warm gloves, boots, and rope to tie your tree down.
  • When you bring your tree home, immediately cut a 1 inch diagonal piece off the bottom. Place your tree in a container with a mixture of one part sugar to sixteen parts water. Keeping the container filled will help prolong the freshness of your tree.
  • Locate your tree so it will not block exits, away from heat.
  • Never use lighted candles on a tree or near any evergreen decorations.
  • Use decorations which are noncombustible, such as glass, or which are flame-retardant. Keep natural evergreens and polystyrene decorations away from candles, fireplaces, and other open flames.