The Fremont-Winema National Forest's Christmas Tree Permits Now On Sale

Lakeview, Oregon – Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Fremont-Winema National Forest will go on sale starting Nov. 17 through Dec. 24 at all Forest offices and numerous commercial outlets. The U.S. Forest Service Christmas Tree program is designed for families, businesses and institutions wishing to cut their own trees for decorating.

Christmas tree permits cost $5, and are nonrefundable. Each permit is valid for the cutting of one tree. A maximum of five permits may be purchased. The Christmas tree permit must be validated by completely removing month, date and year; securely attaching it to the tree trunk between the limbs; and must be visible during transportation.

Cutting areas are located on Fremont-Winema National Forest’s lands in Klamath and Lake Counties. The permit does not authorize cutting on private, state or other federal lands. Christmas trees also cannot be harvested in wilderness areas, active timber sales, developed recreation areas or tree plantations.

Be aware that some parking areas on the Fremont-Winema National Forest require a Sno-Park permit from the State of Oregon. Permits are sold at all Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices and by permit agents in resorts, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. Also look for posted signs that close certain Forest Service roads in Klamath County to motor vehicle traffic and designate them as snowmobile trails.

“Keep your family and your own safety in mind as you head out to look for a Christmas tree on National Forest lands,” said Judd Lehman, Forest Timber Program Manager. “Dress warmly and carry a forest visitor map, Motor Vehicle Use Map, snacks and water. Also make sure relatives or friends know where you are going and when to expect you to return.”

Getting your tree early before the snow falls usually means better access on Forest Service roads. High-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles and traction devices are recommended when driving on mountain roads at this time of year. Leave early in the day to allow for maximum daylight. Be prepared for unpredictable weather and check with local Forest Service offices for Forest Service road conditions before leaving.

Christmas tree permits are available at Forest Ranger District Offices.