You need to plan early if you want to cut a Christmas tree on property managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
Doug Fir/Aspen - Photo by Steve Nix, Licensed to About.com
You can likely find a Christmas tree on many National Forests into November and December but you must obtain a permit for a particular forest. Permits might be issued at times unique to the forest so start early on getting a permit. Every forest is a bit different but you can expect to have to follow a few simple rules:
1.) You will be expected to pay for a permit.
2.) You must cut only in areas open for Christmas tree harvest.
3.) You will not be allowed to cut near roads, camps, trails and streams.
4.) Trees must be tagged with the permit immediately.
5.) A permit does not assure you a suitable tree.
You can get a permit at most National Forest headquarters. You will find your nearest National Forest by using my National Forest Finder.