You can get a permit at most National Forest headquarters. You will find your nearest National Forest by using my National Forest Finder. Also, every forest is a bit different but you can expect to have to follow a few simple rules:
- Assume that you will be expected to pay for a permit. Not all forests charge but they all expect a visit to get permission to cut.
- All forests have cut and no cut areas as defined by the forest management plan. You must cut only in areas open for Christmas tree harvest.
- You will not be allowed to cut Christmas trees near roads, camps, trails and streams. Always stay within the defined cutting area.
- Trees must be tagged with the permit immediately.
- Remember, it is not the National forest's responsibility to either find a tree or guarantee a perfectly shaped tree. A permit does not assure you a suitable tree.
- Some National Forests issue permits weeks ahead of the harvest dates. Obtain your permits early.
- Some National Forests only allow cutting of Christmas trees if you are selected by lottery. Put your name on the list early.
- Use my National Forest Finder for your nearest National forest.
What You Need
- Transportation. Auto or Truck depending on access.
- Bow saw or chainsaw
- Tie downs or trailer or both depending on the size of the tree.