Christmas Tree Permits

Green Forest Service Shield with a decorated christmas tree in the middleObtaining a Permit

The holiday season is often time for families and friends to head to the woods to play in the snow and to cut the traditional family Christmas Tree. Lifelong memories are built during these special times and the Umatilla National Forest is happy to help with any information gathering you'll need to make this trip a safe and enjoyable one.     Download the 2019 Christmas Tree Cutting Guide. 

The Umatilla National Forest is offering online Christmas tree permits through Open Forest this holiday season. Click here to purchase your Christmas tree permit online!

What you need to know about new e-permits:

  • The Umatilla National Forest is one of 13 forests participating in the Open Forest Program - permits purchased for the Umatilla cannot be used on the Wallowa-Whitman NF.  If you desire to buy a permit that is valid for both forest please visit one of our offices or a vendor near you.
  • Online process requires permits to be printed to be valid. 
  • Traditional Christmas tree permits are still available for purchase at Umatilla National Forest Offices and participating vendors.
  • Guidelines for size, location and species remain the same

More information can be found at the Open Forest Website or 541-278-3716.



How to cut a Christmas Tree


A Christmas Tree Permit can be purchased for $5.00. We ask that you limit permits to one per household but you can purchase for neighbors, family and friends. Permits usually go on sale towards the end of November and can be purchased at any Umatilla National Forest Office or at several local businesses. Those businesses include:


Pendleton, OR

D&B Supply


Heppner, OR

Heppner Mobil


Ukiah, OR

Rhode's Supply


Hermiston, OR

Smitty's Ace Supply

Tollgate, OR

Alpine Outpost

Dayton, WA

Conoco Food Mart

Kennewick, WA

Farmer's Exchange

Sportsman's Warehouse

Pasco, WA

Columbia Grain and Feed


Athena, OR

Athena Grocery


Pilot Rock, OR

Mentzer & Elliot

JD Foodmart

Clarkston, WA

Schurman's Tru-Value Harware

Hells Canyon NRA Office

Pomeroy, WA

Pomeroy Foods




Milton-Freewater, OR

Zip Zone

Elgin, OR

Elgin Food Town

Where Can You Cut A Christmas Tree?

The Christmas Tree Cutting Program on the Umatilla National Forest remains simple and easy to follow. The Christmas tree permit is valid on any Umatilla National Forest Ranger District land when accompanied by this brochure. Please follow these few simple rules:

  • Clean up any trimmings or limbs.
  • Leave stumps no higher than 10 inches. It is illegal to “top” a tree.
  • Cut off any green limbs left on the stump (these can be used for decorating greens).
  • The maximum height of tree to be cut is 14 feet tall.
  • Do not cut in active timber sales or areas that have been planted with new trees.
  • Do not cut on private land, in wilderness areas, designated campgrounds, or existing tree plantations.
  • Do not cut trees within 200 feet of Bluewood or Spout Springs Ski Areas, summer home sites, Tollgate Work Center, or Forest Service Guard Stations.
  • Christmas tree cutting in the Tollgate Area on the Walla Walla Ranger District can be challenging after December 1, when most Forest roads close for the winter. After Dec. 1, snowmobiling or snowshoeing will be your only access onto most roads off Hwy 204.
  • Christmas tree cutting on the Pomeroy Ranger District is prohibited on Park and Cook Ridges, and in the Lick Creek area, including Sheep Creek, Cabin, Capehorn and Mud Springs ridges. You may encounter road closures during logging operations. Please abide by these closures.

Be Prepared for Winter Weather!

  • Dress appropriately in warm socks, boots, coats, hats & gloves
  • Bring plenty of snacks and water
  • Have supplies available to build a fire if necessary
  • Make sure your vehicle is equipped for winter travel
  • Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be home