Christmas Tree Permits

Graphic: Christmas TreeObtaining 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 2018 Christmas Tree Cutting Guide. 

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
Southgate Mini-Market

Heppner, OR
Heppner Mobil


Ukiah, OR
Rhode’s Supply


Hermiston, OR
Smitty's Ace Hardware


Tollgate, OR
Alpine Outpost

Dayton, WA
Conoco Food Mart

Kennewick, WA
Farmer's Exchange Sportsman's Warehouse

Pasco, WA
Columbia Grain & Feed

Athena, OR
Athena Grocery

Pilot Rock, OR
Mentzer & Elliott

JD Foodmart

Clarkston, WA
Schurman's Tru-Value Hardware
Hells Canyon NRA Office


Milton-Freewater, OR
Zip Zone

Pomeroy, WA
Pomeroy Foods



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