Forest Service Holiday Tree Permits Available

It’s that time of year! Visit the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and find the perfect holiday tree for your home! Tree permits are available for purchase at most national forest offices, from many community businesses, and now online through a new pilot program.

Most national forests issue permits for visitors to cut their own holiday tree. As guidelines vary from forest to forest, visitors should contact their local national forest office for information on permits, areas to harvest, maps, and other important details. We now offer tree permits for purchase online. Visit to learn more. Tree permits can also be purchased through participating vendors and community businesses.

As part of the national Every Kid Outdoors initiative, fourth graders are eligible for a free holiday tree permit from their local national forest. In order for students to receive a free tree permit, they must present a valid paper voucher printed from the Every Kid Outdoors website. Visit and follow instructions to obtain and print the paper voucher. Bring the paper voucher to one of our District Offices to claim the free permit.

To find your nearest national forest office, visit

To purchase a permit online, visit

Holiday Tree Guidance

  • Visit your local national forest office or the Open Forest online permit site to obtain a permit.
  • Check the weather forecast and road conditions before traveling.
  • Dress for the season. Always be prepared for the cold and snow.
  • Start tree hunting early in the day to have plenty of daylight hours.
  • Bring emergency supplies, including water, food, and a first-aid kit.
  • Remember to tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Bring a map and compass. Your cell phone may not work on many forests.
  • The tree you choose must be at least 200 feet from main roads, recreation sites and campgrounds. Stay away from areas along the sides of streams, rivers, and lakes.
  • Select a tree with a trunk six inches or less in diameter.
  • Cut the tree no more than six inches above ground level.
  • Never cut a tall tree just for the top.
  • Select a tree from overstocked areas and thickets.
  • Cut only one tree per tag.
  • Attach your tree tag to harvested tree before placing in vehicle.
  • Bring a rope and tarp to move your tree to your vehicle.
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety and for the safety of those around you.



To learn more about the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest visit us at: