Christmas Tree Permits Now Available

Contact(s): 541.225.6300

Christmas tree permits are, or will soon be, available at all Willamette National Forest Ranger District offices and the Springfield Interagency Office. Holiday enthusiasts looking for the perfect tree will also be able to purchase permits from local vendors.

Forest Service permits are $5.00 each. They allow the holders to cut one tree on designated areas of Forest Service managed lands; each household can purchase a maximum of five permits. BLM permits are $5.50 each and this year covers an area south of Dexter; each household can purchase up to three permits.

When heading out to collect your tree, don’t be fooled by nice weather at valley-level elevations. Weather conditions in the mountains can be drastically different and include freezing temperatures and snow. You should prepare for the unexpected; bring a handsaw or axe as well as winter clothing and safety equipment. Tire chains and a shovel are also recommended, as is extra food, drinking water, blankets, a flashlight, first aid kit, and survival gear. Tree cutting and travel may take longer than anticipated, so notify a friend or family member where you’re going, get an early start, and leave the woods well before dark.

“Going into the woods to find the family Christmas tree is a great way to experience your National Forest,” said Tim Lahey, Forest Products Program Manager for the Willamette National Forest. “To make it a fun and safe experience, please check the current weather conditions before heading out. If you have additional concerns, contact your local Ranger Station for more information.”

To keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard, leave it outside until you’re ready to move it indoors. Cut the trunk at an angle before placing it in the stand and remember to refill the stand reservoir daily.

Visitors can purchase permits and receive maps of cutting areas at offices on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some offices will also be open on weekends with special appearances by Smokey Bear.

For more information please contact the closest District office or Springfield Interagency office.

District Offices   Weekend Dates Open Smokey Visits
Detroit Ranger District 503.854.3366   None None
Sweet Home Ranger District 541.367.5168   None None
McKenzie River Ranger District      541.822.3381   None None
Middle Fork Ranger District      541.782.2283   Nov. 29 & 30; Dec. 6,7 (8:30am - 3:00pm) Dec. 6, 7; (9am - 2pm)
Springfield Interagency Office
541.683.6600 or 541.225.6300
  None None

Christmas tree permits will also be available at the following vendors:

Detroit area - permits available at the following locations:

Vendor Town
Detroit Market 503.854.3767 Detroit
Mountain High Grocery 503.854.3696 Detroit
Rivers Run Deli & Market 503.854.3039 Detroit
Santiam Sports 503.897.2881 Mill City

Sweet Home area - permits available at the following locations:

Vendor Town
Coffee Hut 541.367.7510 Sweet Home
Dan Dee Sales 541.367.5544 Sweet Home
Lakeside Market & Deli 541.367.3397      Sweet Home
Midway Grocery 541.367.1552 Sweet Home

McKenzie River area - permits available at the following locations:

Vendor Town
Blue Sky Market 541.822.3575 Rainbow
Mather’s Market 541.726.8570 Cedar Flat
McKenzie Bridge General Store 541.822.3221 McKenzie Bridge
Meyer’s General Store 541.822.3531 Blue River
Pratt’s Leaburg Country Store 541.896.0500 Leaburg
Vida Community Market 541.896.3261 Vida
Circle JHK 541.822.3592 Blue River

Oakridge/Westfir area - permits available at the following locations:

Vendor Town
Dinks Market 541.782.2668 Oakridge
Jasper Store 541.746.2032 Jasper
Bridgetown Market 541.937.3124 Lowell
Rascal’s Market 541.782.3704 Oakridge
Westfir Store 541.782.1999 Westfir

Springfield area - permits available at the following locations:

Vendor Town
Eugene, Cascades & Coast – Adventure Center 541.484.5307 3312 Gateway St
Bi-Mart 541.687.7643 5744 Main St