The Plumas National Forest (NF) has a longstanding policy of allowing personal and commercial use firewood cutting and gathering from national forest lands.
Christmas Tree Permits
Personal use Christmas tree cutting permits for the Plumas National Forest go on sale beginning November 1st, or the first business day thereafter. Christmas trees may be cut from November 1st to December 24th although ice and snow may close roads at any time.
How to purchase your Christmas tree permit
Christmas Tree cutting permits are $10, and may be purchased directly from local forest service offices from November 1st to December 24th. Those who are at least 18 years old may purchase a permit; they are non-refundable and no more than two permits will be sold to one address or household. Please remember that Forest Service offices are closed on Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day, and are closed on weekends except select Saturdays (Nov 19, Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10) as shown above under the local Forest Service offices link.
Mail-in requests may be submitted after October 15th but must be received by December 1st. Mail requests received after December 1st will be returned as the Forest Service will not guarantee that permits will reach their destination prior to December 24th. To mail for a permit, please include your name, address and telephone number (written clearly) to: Plumas National Forest, Christmas Tree Permit, 159 Lawerence Street, Quincy, CA 95971. Make checks or money orders (no cash) payable to: USDA Forest Service. Do not send a stamped self addressed return envelope. No more than two permits will be mailed to one address or household.
Christmas tree cutting
The permit authorizes the cutting and removal of one Christmas tree only from Plumas National Forest Lands. A map of the tree cutting areas and regulations are included with the permit. The permit and map must be in your possession when cutting your Christmas tree. Please remember:
- Trees less than 6 inches diameter (measured at ground level) may be cut. If the ends of the permit do not touch when wrapped around the uncut tree at ground level, the tree is too large to be cut. Stump heights should be less than 12 inches tall and there should be no live branches remaining on the stump.
- The permit must be attached to the tree when it is removed. The permit must be attached to the main stem of the tree between the limbs and sealed in such a way that it must be broken to be removed from the tree. The permit is null and void when the seal is broken or when the permit is torn. Be sure to attach the permit to the tree before leaving the cutting area to avoid citations and penalties.
- The Christmas tree cutting map is part of the permit. It is the responsibility of the permittee to cut in areas where Christmas tree cutting is permitted. Christmas tree cutting is prohibited on all private property and in Wilderness areas, Wild and Scenic River areas, Recreation areas, Research Natural Areas and special interest areas as shown on the map. See the Plumas National Forst Wood Cutting and Christmas Tree Map - Plumas NF Woodcutting Map (Front - 9mb - pdf ) and Plumas NF Woodcutting Map (Back - 9mb - pdf) and the Plumas National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map. Plumas National Forest permits do not authorize Christmas tree cutting on other ownership lands as shown on the map or on other National Forests.
Because of the unpredictable weather conditions in the mountains, plan to cut a tree as soon as possible, dress appropriately in warm clothing and be prepared for possible ice and snow on the roads (carry tire chains).
For More information
For recorded information about permits, call (530) 836-7117 in Blairsden or (530) 283-7869 in Quincy, visit local forest service offices or see the news release.
Policy questions about the personal use Christmas tree cutting program should be directed to Ryan Tompkins, Forest Silviculturist at (530) 283-2050.
You can help protect the National Forests from wildfires by knowing and following the rules for the safe use of fire. You must have a California Campfire Permit to use a stove, lantern, or campfire outside a developed campground or recreation area. The permit is your agreement to follow the campfire restrictions and regulations in effect. Read more about campfire permits.