Christmas Tree Permits

Christmas Trees Sold from Nov. 1 -Dec. 24





Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are available for purchase from Nov. 1 thru Dec. 24 on the Austin-Tonopah, Bridgeport, Carson, Ely, and Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger Districts. 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 Permit and Vendor Flyer

Tips on How to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree


How to Purchase a Christmas Tree Permit

Christmas tree permits must be purchased in person and are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Permits are nonrefundable and nontransferable, and only valid through Dec. 25.




Christmas Tree Cutting

EChristmas Treeach Christmas tree permit is valid for the cutting of one tree in specific areas on lands managed by the Ranger District for which the permit was purchased. A map and cutting rules and regulations will be included with the permit. The permit does not authorize cutting on private, state, or other federal lands. Christmas trees also cannot be harvested within developed campgrounds, administrative sites, or designated wilderness areas.

REMEMBER TOPPING TREES IS NOT PERMITTED! The topping of trees and leaving behind high tree stumps is visually undesirable and can cause resource management problems. Please ensure that the maximum height of the stump left behind is no taller than six inches above bare soil with no live branches left on the stump. Also attach the Christmas tree permit securely to the tree so it is visible during transportation.


Safety Tips

Keep your family and your own safety in mind as you head out to look for a Christmas tree on National Forest lands. Dress warmly, fill your gas tank, and bring along a saw, shovel, chains map, food, water, warm drinks, blanket(s), and first-aid kit. Bring a rope and tarp to pack your tree in or on your vehicle for the trip home. Remember to pack out your trash. Also, make sure relatives or friends know where you are going and when to expect you home.

Getting your tree early before the snow falls usually means better access on forest roads. High-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles and traction devices are recommended when driving on mountain roads at this time of year. Vehicles with inadequate tires and/or no chains have caused extensive problems in the past, blocking roads and preventing other drivers from being able to enter or leave the cutting areas.

Remember, most forest roads are not plowed in the winter, so access may be limited due to seasonal road closures. Leave early in the day to allow for maximum daylight. Be prepared for unpredictable weather, check road conditions before leaving, and always use caution when emerging onto main roads.


Fourth Graders Eligible for a Free Christmas Tree Permit

All fourth grade students are eligible for one FREE Christmas tree permit on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, while supplies last, through the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The Every Kid in a Park initiative encourages valuable opportunities to explore, learn, and play in the spectacular places that belong to us all and aims to inspire stewardship of these places for future generations.

All fourth graders are eligible to receive an Every Kid in a Park Pass that allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country where entrance fees are charged for a full year. In support of this initiative, the Forest Service is making available a free Christmas tree permit to every interested fourth grader with an Every Kid in a Park Pass. 

Instructions on how to obtain a pass and collect a free tree permit:

  1. To obtain a pass, visit and follow the instructions on the website.
  2. Print out the paper voucher.
  3. Bring paper voucher with you to the Austin-Tonopah, Bridgeport, Carson, Ely, and Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District offices on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. (The Supervisor Office in Sparks, NV also has free Christmas tree permits.) All fourth graders must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Only one free tree permit is allowed per fourth-grader.