Christmas Tree Permit Information

Holiday Traditions....Finding your perfect Christmas Tree!

Purchase your Christmas Tree permit online!

This year, Christmas Tree Permits can be purchased online at https://www.recreation.gov/tree-permits/ Or permits can be purchased at local vendors. Due to COVID-19 restrictions permits will not be available for purchase at local Forest Service offices this year.

Finding the Perfect Tree

The most popular tree species used for Christmas Trees are Douglas-fir, White fir, Incense Cedar and sometimes, Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pines.

In general, pines can be found on flatter ground at lower elevations around Bend and on south and west facing slopes around Prineville. Firs and Cedars are found at higher elevations around Bend and Sisters and on north and east facing slopes around Prineville.

  • How you collect your Christmas Tree can be half the fun... Try cross-country skiing into less accessible areas!
  • Branches trimmed from your tree may be used as Holiday greens.
  • Recycle! Check with your county landfill. Most will recycle trees free of charge through the end of January. (Commercial lots excluded. Please no tinsel or flocked trees.)

Guidelines and Restrictions for collecting your Christmas Trees

  • One permit is required for each Christmas Tree.... Five permits maximum, per household. Permits are $5.00 each.
  • Cut your Christmas Tree only on National Forest lands. 
  • Select any tree species that is less than 12 feet tall.
  • Only take a tree that is within 20 feet of another tree.
  • Cut stumps shorter than 12 inches.
  • Respect road and area closures.
  • Motorized travel for the purpose of cutting your tree must comply with restriction found on Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Maps. 

    Please do not cut trees:
    • On private property.
    • Within 150 feet of state highways, picnic areas, campgrounds and other developed areas.
    • Within 300 feet of streams and bodies of water.
    • Within young tree plantations (nursery grown seedlings planted for future forests).
    • Within designated Wilderness areas or the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

In 2021 Permits may be Available at the following locations:

PRINEVILLE

R&R Grocery
940 SE Combs Flat Road
(541) 447-7231

Bi-Mart
2091 NE 3rd St
(541) 447-0391

MADRAS

Madras Bi-Mart
1575 SW Madras-Prineville Hwy
(541) 475-1394

Madras Chamber of Commerce
274 SW 4th Street
(541) 475-2350





https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ochoco/passes-permits/forestproducts/?cid=fseprd482823