Christmas Tree Permit Sales Announced for the Mt. Hood National Forest

Cheryl Sonnabend Xmas Tree

The Mt. Hood National Forest will begin selling personal use Christmas tree cutting permits at our Ranger District Visitor Centers as well as at many local vendors on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Permits sell for $5.00 each (cash, check, or card) and there is a limit of five permits per household. When purchasing your permit you will receive an information sheet with helpful information on the rules for cutting holiday trees on the national forest. Your permit allows the cutting of a Christmas tree up to 12 feet tall. For additional information you may also visit the Mt. Hood Special Forest Products webpage.

Christmas tree permits for the 2019 season will be also be available for purchase online starting on November 14, 2019. The Mt. Hood National Forest is one of thirteen National Forests participating in an online permitting process through the Open Forest System.  This program allows you to purchase a 2019 Christmas tree permit from the comfort of your own home, or by using your mobile device, instead of traveling to a Forest Service office or a local vendor.  Christmas tree permits purchased online will need to be printed to be valid.  You can learn more about purchasing your permit online at: https://openforest.fs.usda.gov. This site also provides helpful information about cutting a Christmas tree on the National Forest.

The Forest Service will use feedback from the 2019 Christmas tree season to continue to refine and improve the online permit system for our Forest visitors in the future. For more information about the Christmas tree program on the Mt. Hood National Forest, please contact Mark Terhune for the Eastside by email at mark.terhune@usda.gov or by phone at 541-993-0238. For the Westside, please contact Cara Lewis at cara.lewis@usda.gov or by phone at 503-630-8752.

With the holiday season approaching it can also mean winter weather on the forest.  Winter weather changes rapidly at higher elevations and Forest Service roads are not maintained for winter travel. Please carry traction devices and be advised of winter road closures and snow park permit requirements. The Forest Service recommends you start early in the day and be on your way home before dark. Keep your family and your own safety in mind as you head out to look for a holiday tree. Dress warmly and carry a forest map, snacks, and water. Do not rely solely on your GPS as some information may not be accurate or up-to-date and make sure friends or family know where you are going and when you plan to return. It’s also important to remember to bring along a tool to cut your tree and rope or cord to secure it to your vehicle.  Our holiday tree webpage features a video with helpful hints for a successful Christmas tree outing.

The Mt. Hood National Forest currently offers Free Use Bough Permits (available at no charge) for up to 25 pounds of boughs, and Commercial Bough Permits for larger quantities. Permits for boughs are not available at local vendors. Bough permits are only available at Mt. Hood National Forest district offices. You must have a permit to harvest boughs. 

As a part of the "Every Kid" program, all fourth-graders can receive a holiday tree permit for free this season! They must have their Every Kid pass or voucher with them in order to receive their free holiday tree permit, and they must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. These special holiday tree permits can only be obtained at our official ranger district offices. For more information on the "Every Kid" program, please visit: https://everykidoutdoors.gov/

Christmas Tree Permit vendor locations:

Barlow Ranger District, 780 Court Street, Dufur, OR. 541-467-2291
Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Clackamas River Ranger District, 595 NW Industrial Way, Estacada, OR.  503-630-6861 
Open Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from 11:30 to 12:30)

Hood River Ranger District, 6780 HWY 35, Mt. Hood-Parkdale, OR. 541-352-6002 
Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Zigzag Ranger District, 70220 E. Hwy. 26, Zigzag, OR. 503-622-3191
Open Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from 12:00 to 1:00)

Tygh Valley General Store, 57715 Tygh Valley Road, Tygh Valley, OR. 541-483-2324
Open Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Kramers Market, 121 Main Street, Dufur, OR. 541-467-2455
Open Monday-Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Estacada Tackle Shop, 210 SE Hwy 224, Estacada, OR. 503-630-7424
Open 7 days a week 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Estacada True Value Hardware, 310 SE Main St, Estacada, OR. 503-630-3769
Open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun 9a.m. to 5p.m.

Tum-A-Lum Lumber, 408 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR. 541-386-1001
Open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ACE Heritage Hardware, 39181 Pioneer Boulevard, Sandy, OR. 503-668-8731
Open Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hoodland Thriftway, 68280 East Highway 26, Welches, OR. 503-622-3244
Open Daily: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Mt. Hood Village Market, 73265 East Highway 26, Rhododendron, OR 97049. 503-622-4652
Open Daily: 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Sportman’s Warehouse, 9401 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR. 503-777-8700
Open Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wamic Market and Supply, 57016  Wamic Market Rd. Wamic, Or, 97063, 541-544-2333
Open 7 days a week – 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Happy holidays and best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season from the Mt. Hood National Forest.

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