Want to cut your tree?
Permits available at local vendors and online
November 10, 2022 | View PDF
Christmas tree permits are available for the Willamette National Forest and can be purchased through December 31st. They're available at several local vendors.
Rather than going to a ranger station, people are also encouraged to purchase Christmas tree permits online at Recreation.gov. The Forest Service decided to move Christmas tree permit sales to Recreation.gov as an added convenience for visitors, as well as provide an alternative to in-person transactions at forest offices.
Visit https://go.usa.gov/x7pMN to purchase a Willamette National Forest Christmas tree permit. Additionally, people can purchase Christmas tree permits via telephone from the McKenzie River, Middle Fork, and Sweet Home Ranger Districts.
Officials note that it is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Local vendors will not be able to provide Every Kid Outdoors tree permits or passes. Permits are $5 per tree with a limit of five permits per household. Recreation.gov charges an additional $2.50 service fee per order. It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will also need to set up or log in to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction.
Maps are available that indicate where Christmas trees may be harvested and will also be provided with a phone and the local vendor sells; reference those maps prior to selecting a tree as some areas are prohibited. People should also check closure maps before entering the forest and remain outside any of the closed areas.
Winter weather in the forest can change rapidly. Most forest roads are not maintained for winter driving. Forest staff recommends bringing traction devices and a shovel, extra food, drinking water, winter clothing, blankets, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. Additionally, bring a tool for cutting a tree and a rope or cord to secure it to a vehicle. Tree cutting and travel may take longer than anticipated. Let a friend or family member know where you're going, get an early start, and leave the woods before dark.