Christmas Tree Permits

Image of a man and child choosing their Christmas tree in the forest
For many families, the search for and selection of their own Christmas tree in the forest is a wonderful experience, part of their holiday tradition. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is happy to provide the opportunity for families to enjoy the forest and fulfill this tradition each year.
 
Permits go on sale November 1 and are valid through December 31, 2020. A permit costs $10.00. Each household may cut only one tree.
 
Christmas trees gathered under these permits must be cut in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The Shasta-Trinity is no longer issuing permits for the Lassen National Forest. Go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/lassen for information about purchasing a permit to cut a tree in the Lassen National Forest.
 
Permits do not authorize cutting on private land. Please be respectful of private property. Follow the maps and be sure you are on the forest. The maps are part of the permit and are required to be in your possession when searching for and bringing home your tree.
 
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, forest offices remain closed. Options for purchasing Christmas tree permits this year include online through recreation.gov, retail locations in Mt. Shasta/McCloud/Weaverville and by mail from your local Ranger Station.
 
Please note!  Due to on-going active fires, some areas of the forest are not open.  Christmas tree cutting is not allowed in areas closed due to fires.  Please be aware of the current fire closure areas before you plan your trip to the forest.  A map of the current fire closures is here.
 
 

Options for purchasing a Christmas Tree Permit in 2020

  • Online at Recreation.gov.

    The Recreation.gov site charges a $2.50 service fee.  The online option was added this year as a convenience for visitors, and to provide an alternative to in-person transactions in offices.

    Fourth-grade students are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit, paying only the $2.50 service fee under the Every Kid Outdoors program.

    It is important to carefully read the overview and the need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will need to set up or log in to a Recreation.gov account to complete the secure credit card transaction.

  • At retail locations in Mt. Shasta, McCloud and now Weaverville. Please contact the location to verify hours and availability:

    Permits will be available at:
    Mt. Shasta: The Fifth Season, Ramshaw’s Ace Hardware, and Solano’s Do It Best Hardware (sold out 12/15)
    McCloud: McCloud Outdoors and Gear Exchange
    Weaverville: Crockett's Up North Confectionary & Mercantile and the Trinity County Visitor Center

    The required maps will be included with the permit.

  • By mail

    Permits may be purchased by calling with a credit card or mailing a check to your local Shasta-Trinity National Forest Ranger Station. Permits and maps will be returned by mail. Please allow up to two weeks for processing.

 

Christmas Tree Permit Maps and Motor Vehicle Use Maps (.pdf)
Shasta - West Half Shasta - East Half

Christmas Tree Map

MVUMs

Christmas Tree Map

Supplemental Map
(areas closed 11/1 - 12/31/2020)

MVUMs

Trinity - North Half Trinity - South Half  

Christmas Tree Map

MVUMs

Christmas Tree Map

MVUMs

 
 
Download maps to the Avenza app:  https://www.avenzamaps.com/maps/1125082
Maps show your location and work without cell service.
A QR code for downloading Christmas Tree cutting maps for the SHF
 

 





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