For many families, venturing out onto public lands to cut a Christmas tree is an annual holiday tradition.
Beginning Nov 8, tree permits will be available online and at locations across southwest Oregon, including at Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest District Offices, Bureau of Land Management Offices in Medford, Grants Pass and Coos Bay, and from multiple local vendors.
Permits allow the cutting of personal-use Christmas trees, and a permit is required for each individual tree visitors wish to take home.
Permits for Christmas trees are $5.00 per tree, and are non-refundable. There is a limit of five tree permits per household, and the permits may be used only on those lands open to Christmas tree harvesting that are administered by the RRSNF, and the Medford and Coos Bay BLM Districts. Free maps that identify these areas are provided at the time of permit purchase, as well as on Avenza.
New in 2019: The RRSNF is one of 13 National Forests participating in offering permits online through the Open Forest system! Can't make it to our offices during open business hours? Fret not! Visitors can now purchase their permits online, and then print them from the convenience of their homes using a computer or a mobile device. It's quick. It's simple. And it's easily done from home!
As in previous years, fourth graders who hold a current Every Kid Outdoors pass can bring their pass into any of the RRSNF offices and receive their Christmas tree permit for free! Please note: Every Kid permits cannot be issued through the new Open Forest system at this time.
More information, including tree-hunting tips, guidelines for where people may cut their trees, and safety tips, can be found on the RRSNF website.
Those who wish to purchase their permits from one of the many vendors can expect the RRSNF to provide a vendor list in the near future, via our website.
Guidelines and Restrictions for collecting your Christmas Trees
- One permit is required for each Christmas tree, and five permits maximum, per household. Permits are $5.00 each.
- Per the Every Kid Outdoors initiative, ALL 4th graders are entitled to one FREE Christmas tree permit with a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass.
- Christmas tree permits must be validated and attached to your tree during transit.
In southwest Oregon, cut your Christmas tree only on RRSNF or Medford District BLM-administered lands. Basic maps are provided at the time of permit purchase, and Forest and District maps are available for sale.
- Select any tree species that is less than 12 feet tall.
- Only take a tree that is within 12 feet of another tree.
- Cut stumps shorter than 12 inches.
- Respect road and area closures.
Free copies of the Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available at every Forest office, and on Avenza.
Please do not cut trees:
- On private property.
- Within 200 feet of state highways, picnic areas, campgrounds and other developed areas.
- Within 300 feet of streams and bodies of water.
- Within posted young tree plantations (nursery-grown seedlings planted for future forests).
- In designated Federal Wilderness Areas or Wild and Scenic River corridors.
- In Federally-managed campgrounds.
- In developed recreation areas.
- In National Monuments (including the BLM's Cascade Siskiyou National Monument).
- In Research Natural Areas or Areas of Critical Environmental Concern.
- Within areas currently closed for public health and safety.