Christmas Tree Permit Sales Start November 14 on Gifford Pinchot National Forest


Release Date: November 7, 2018

Christmas Tree Permit Sales Start November 14 on Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Skip the lot and explore the forest while finding this year’s holiday tree! Starting November 14, the public can buy personal-use Christmas tree cutting permits at Gifford Pinchot National Forest offices and many local vendors.  Permits will cost $5.00 each using cash, check, or credit card.  There is a limit of five permits per household and permits are valid for one-time use. Christmas tree permits include a map of cutting areas and an information sheet with special instructions for cutting Christmas trees on the national forest.

Households with fourth graders can get a Christmas tree cutting permit for free this year.  After earning their Every Kid in a Park pass online, fourth graders simply need to show their valid paper voucher or Every Kid in a Park pass at any national forest office for their free Christmas tree permit.    Fourth graders and their parents should visit for more details and to obtain their paper voucher.

Winter weather in the forest can change rapidly.  Most forest roads are not maintained for winter driving. Forest staff recommend bringing traction devices and a shovel, extra food, drinking water, winter clothing, blankets, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. Don’t forget a tool for cutting the tree and a rope or cord to secure it to vehicles.  Tree cutting and travel may take longer than anticipated, so let a friend or family member know where you’re going, get an early start, and leave the woods well before dark.

For more information on current road status and closures please visit:


For additional information and a video on successful tree harvesting please visit:

Visitors can purchase Christmas tree permits at the following Gifford Pinchot National Forest offices and vendor locations near you.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters

Fort Vancouver Visitor Center

1501 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661; (360) 891-5001

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mt. Adams Ranger District

2455 Highway 141, Trout Lake, WA 98650; (509) 395-3400

Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

10024 US Hwy 12, Randle, WA 98377; (360) 497-1100

Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 4:30 p.m. (Closed for lunch from noon until 1 p.m. daily.)

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd., Amboy, WA 98607; (360) 449-7800

Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


All Forest Service offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day Nov. 22, 2018.


Vendor Locations (Call for hours of operation and information):

Amboy, WA – Amboy Market (360) 247-5421

Amboy, WA – Chelatchie Prairie General Store (360) 247-5529

Cougar, WA – Lakeside Country Store (360) 238-5202

Cougar, WA – Cougar Store (360) 238-5228

Cougar, WA – Lone Fir Resort (360) 238-5210

Kalama, WA – Kalama Spirits and Tobacco (360) 673-4991

Carson, WA – Wind River Market (509) 427-5565

Home Valley, WA – Home Valley Store (509) 427-4015

Trout Lake, WA – Little Mountain (True Value) Hardware (509) 395-2773

Stevenson, WA – Main St. Convenience Store (open 24 hours) (509) 427-5653

Ashford, WA - Ashford General Store (360) 569-2377

Ashford, WA - Ashford Valley Grocery (360) 569-2560

Elbe, WA – Elbe Junction (360) 524-7707

Elbe, WA - Elbe Mall (360) 569-2772

Packwood, WA – Blanton’s Market (360) 494-6101

Randle, WA – Fischer’s Market (360) 497-5355

Randle, WA – Randle One Stop (360) 497-3261

Kelso, WA - Sportsman's Warehouse (360) 423-2600

Vancouver, WA - Sportsman's Warehouse (360) 604-8000