Wenatchee--Christmas tree permits are on sale for $5 each at all Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest ranger stations and the forest headquarters.
These permits are temporarily available only by cash purchase due to a delay in an update to the Point-of-Sale cash register system used at each national forest office. This system should be updated within a week or so, enabling customers the option to once again use cash, personal checks, and credit and debit card transactions for Christmas tree permit purchases.
Each permit allows a family to cut one tree, with a tree height limit of 15 feet, or dig a small live transplant tree. Permits may be purchased in person or by mail and are limited to two permits per family. The permits are non-refundable and are only good on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
The Christmas tree permit must be validated and securely attached to the tree trunk between the limbs and be visible during transportation. Christmas trees cannot be harvested in Wilderness areas, campgrounds, developed recreation areas, or tree plantations.
When venturing out into the national forest in pursuit of a Christmas tree, following are some hints to help make the trip a safe one:
- Before leaving home, notify a friend or family member of the planned route of travel and expected return time. Stick to the plan and be sure to contact that individual upon returning home.
- Check road conditions with local ranger district offices.
- Consider carefully clothing, equipment and vehicle needs, making certain they are adequate for the worst conditions that might be encountered. If planning to drive over snow-covered roads, a high-clearance vehicle may be best, and don’t forget to carry tire chains and a shovel.
- Once snow starts to build up, always check the avalanche hazard before leaving home.
- Leave early in the day to allow for maximum daylight.
- Be familiar with the area where Christmas tree cutting will occur.
- Carry extra clothing, food and tools for those unexpected mishaps that may happen.
- Christmas tree permits may be placed on the driver’s side dashboard in lieu of a Northwest Forest Pass when parking at a trailhead. However, once enough snow accumulates and selected trailhead parking areas convert to Sno-Parks, a valid Washington State Sno-Park permit must be displayed on the vehicle windshield when parking at any State Sno-Park.
For more information about Christmas tree permits please contact any Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest office.
Chelan Ranger District, 428 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA 98816; 509-682-4900; hours M-F 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cle Elum Ranger District, 803 W. 2nd Street, Cle Elum, WA 98922; 509-852-1100; hours M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Entiat Ranger District, physical address 2108 Entiat Way, (P.O. Box 476), Entiat, WA 98822; 509-784-4700; hours M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Methow Valley Ranger District, 24 West Chewuch Road, Winthrop, WA 98862; 509-996-4000; hours M-F 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Naches Ranger District, 10237 Hwy. 12, Naches, WA 98937; 509-653-1401; hours 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed for lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.
Okanogan Valley Office, 1240 South Second Ave., Okanogan, WA 98840; 509-826-3275; hours M- F 7:30-4 p.m.; closed for lunch 11 a.m. to noon
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters office, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801; 509-664-9200; hours M-F 7:45-4:30
Tonasket Ranger District, 1 W. Winesap, Tonasket, WA 98855; 509-486-2186; hours M-F 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wenatchee River Ranger District, 600 Sherbourne, Leavenworth, WA 98826; 509-548-2550; hours M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
All national forest offices will be closed on upcoming holidays—Veterans Day, November 11, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, and Christmas day, December 25.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest to have Christmas Tree Permits on sale Nov. 13
VANCOUVER, WA – Permits to harvest a Christmas tree from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be available this year beginning Nov. 13, 2013.
Permits may be purchased for $5 per tree at all ranger district offices, the Forest Headquarters in Vancouver and at several commercial vendor locations. Permits may also be available through the mail. The permits are valid for one-time use only. Please contact your nearest Forest Service office for more details.
Before setting out on your trip, check the web and call the forest office nearest your destination for the latest in road and weather updates. Be alert for unpredictable weather and hazardous driving conditions.
Current road status reports and closures can be found on the forest's website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/giffordpinchot/. For information on forest closures please see the forest Alerts and Notices page at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices.
· Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument is closed to tree cutting.
· Cut one tree per permit. Five permits maximum per household.
· Christmas tree permits are not refundable for any reason.
· Tree cutting is prohibited in Wildernesses, developed campgrounds, administrative sites, within 300 feet of streams, on private or state-owned lands within national forest boundaries and in other posted areas.
· Gifford Pinchot National Forest Christmas tree permits are not valid on other land ownerships.
· Cutting on private lands is subject to trespass action.
· If unsure about areas available for tree cutting, contact the nearest Forest Service office.
· Be prepared for cold and changing winter weather conditions.
· Carry tire chains, shovel, flashlights, and blanket in your vehicle.
· Bring extra food and hot beverages.
· Arrive at your Christmas tree cutting area early to avoid travel in the dark.
· Wear proper winter clothing and carry extras in case you get wet.
· Most National Forest roads are not maintained or snowplowed during the winter.
· Drive safely and slowly - turn on your lights and watch for ice.
· Tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back.
A Christmas Tree Cutting Fact Sheet is available at all Forest Service offices.
The Mt. Adams and Cowlitz Valley ranger district offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch from noon until 1 p.m. daily.
Forest Headquarters in Vancouver and the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters in Amboy are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Christmas tree permits available on Utah national forests
Salt Lake City, Utah, November 5, 2013 – The holiday season is coming and thousands of people every year cut their Christmas tree in national forests. Cutting a Christmas tree in a national forest is a family tradition for many residents of Utah. Weather conditions in the mountains are unpredictable, so always be prepared for winter weather. Stay on designated roads and trails. Be prepared for slick, snow-packed roads and have chains, a 4-wheel drive vehicle, or a snow machine available. Let someone know where you are planning to go and approximate time you will return. Carry a cell phone; bring additional warm clothing, good, warm gloves, boots, and a container of hot liquid, water, lunch or snack, as it may take longer than expected. Carry a flashlight, chains, shovel, first-aid kit, matches, a hatchet, ax or handsaw, and rope to secure your tree.
Tree permits are for personal use only, and cash and checks are the only accepted method of payment. Trees must always be cut close to the ground leaving the stump no higher than 6 inches. A shovel will come in handy to dig through the snow to reach the base of the tree. Make sure your permit is attached to the tree before leaving the cutting area. TREE TOPPING IS NOT ALLOWED. No cutting within 200 feet of
riparian areas (lakes and streams) roads, campgrounds, picnic areas, administrative sites, summer home areas, or within designated closed areas shown on tree cutting area maps.
ASHLEY NATIONAL FOREST: (435) 789-1181 – http://fs.usda.gov/ashley
Flaming Gorge Ranger District: (435) 784-3445 - Permits go on sale Friday, November 22, 2013. Permits will be available at the Flaming Gorge Ranger District Office, intersection Highway 43 & 44, Manila, Utah from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits will also be available at Flaming Gorge Resort, Highway 191, Dutch John, Utah, Sunday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Permits will also be sold at the Green River Office, located inside the Green River Chamber office, 1155 Flaming Gorge Way, Green River, Wyoming, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost of the nonrefundable permit is $10.00.
Duchesne Ranger District: (435) 738-2482 - Permits go on sale Friday, November 22, 2013. Permits may be purchased at the Duchesne Ranger District Office, 85 West Main, Duchesne, Utah, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Permits may also be purchased at the Hanna Country Store, State Route 35, Hanna, Utah, (435) 848-5752 and at Stewart’s Market, 245 West Highway 40 in Roosevelt, Utah Monday-Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. closed Sundays, (435) 722-5650, Davis Jubilee Food & Drug, 750 East 2nd North, Roosevelt, Utah Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (435) 722-2206. Permits are $10.00 each, one permit per household.
Vernal Ranger District: (435) 789-1181 - Permits go on sale Friday, November 22, 2013. Permits may be purchased at the Vernal Office, located at 355 North Vernal Avenue in Vernal, Utah, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Permits may also be purchased at the following businesses 7 days a week; Davis Jubilee Store, 575 West Main, in Vernal, (435) 789-2001, and Shirley’s Country Corner, 6982 North 9500 East, Highway 12 in LaPoint, (435) 247-2690. Permits are $10.00.
DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST: (435) 865-3700 – http://fs.usda.gov/dixie
Cedar City Ranger District: (435) 865-3700 - Permits go on sale Monday, November 4, 2013. Permits can be obtained at the Cedar City Ranger District, 1789 North Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, Utah from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits will also be available at Hurst Ace Hardware Store, 165 South Main, Cedar City, Utah (435) 865-9335. Permits are $10.00 for a tree up to 10 feet and $20.00 for a tree 11 feet to 20 feet, one permit per household, two trees maximum. The only species of trees that can be cut are Sub-Alpine Fir, White Fir, and Pinyon Pine. Please check with the Cedar City Ranger District office before traveling to obtain the most current road condition information.
Escalante Ranger District: (435) 826-5400 - Permits go on sale Thursday, November 7, 2013. Permits can be purchased at the Escalante Ranger District, 755 West Main, Escalante, Utah from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits may also be bought at Antimony Merc, Antimony, Utah (435) 624-3253, 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact the Escalante Ranger District for a list of other vendors. Permits are $10.00, one permit per household, one tree only. All species of tree may be cut, except Bristlecone Pine.
Powell Ranger District: (435) 676-9300 - Permits are now available and can be purchased at the Powell Ranger District, 225 East Center Street, Panguitch, Utah from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits are $10.00 for a tree up to 10 feet and $20.00 for a tree 11 feet to 20 feet. All species of trees can be cut, except Bristlecone Pine. To obtain a permit by mail, contact the Powell Ranger District.
St. George Interagency Visitor Center: (435) 688-3246 or (435) 652-3100 - Permits go on sale Monday, November 4, 2013. Permits can be purchased at the Visitor Center, 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Permits may also be purchased at Veyo Mercantile, 13 North Main Street, Veyo, Utah (435) 574-2749, Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Permits are $10.00; Pinyon Pine and Juniper are the only species of trees that may be cut. One person can purchase up to 5 tags.
FISHLAKE NATIONAL FOREST: (435) 896-9233 – http://fs.usda.gov/fishlake
Beaver Ranger District: (435) 438-2436 – Permits may be purchased at the Ranger District office, 575 South Main, Beaver, Utah, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Permits are $10.00. Blue Spruce may NOT be cut. Trees are NOT to be cut in the Merchant Valley Summer Home area or along the visible edge of SR-153. As a convenience to the public, permits will be available again this year at:
Beaver Sports and Pawn, 91 N. Main, Beaver, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week (435) 438-2100.
Fishlake Lumber, 1627 N HWY 357, Beaver 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday (435) 438-5454.
Piute County Sheriff Office, 550 N. Main, Junction, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, (435) 577-2988.
Fillmore Ranger District: (435) 743-5721 – Permits will be sold November 18 through December 20 at the office in Fillmore, 390 South Main Street, Fillmore, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Fillmore District will be open on Saturdays, November 30, December 7, and December 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Purchase limit is one permit per household (additional tags may be purchased for neighbors, family members, etc.). Suggested cutting areas are as follows: Whiskey Creek, John Williams Canyon, Chalk Creek, Meadow Creek, Cove Fort, Willow Creek, and Wild Goose Canyon. NO trees may be cut in Dry Creek and Oak Creek Canyon.
Fremont River Ranger District: (435) 836-2811 - Permits may be purchased at the Fremont River Ranger District Office, 138 South Main, Loa, Utah from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Permits are $10.00. The Fishlake Basin Recreation Area, including Johnson Valley, is closed to tree cutting from the Forest Boundary on the west to Zedd’s Meadow on the east.
Richfield Ranger District: (435) 896-9233 - Permits go on sale Monday, November 18, 2013. Permits can be purchased at the Richfield Ranger District Office, 115 East 900 North, Richfield, Utah, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits are $10.00.
MANTI-LASAL NATIONAL FOREST: http://fs.usda.gov/mantilasal
Ferron/Price Ranger Districts: (435) 384-2372/ (435) 637-2817 and Moab/Monticello Ranger Districts: (435) 259-7155/ (435) 587-2041 - Permits will be on sale at all offices of the Manti-La Sal National Forest beginning Monday, November 25 for $10 each. District offices (Ephraim, Ferron, Moab and Monticello) are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Supervisor’s Office in Price is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a limit of three permits per person. Purchasers will need to provide a check or exact change. There will be no refunds. To buy a permit for a tree over 8 feet in height, the buyer must pay 50 cents per additional foot, payable when the permit is purchased.
The Forest will also be selling tree permits through the mail. Customers should send a self-addressed envelope, request for the permit, provide their name, mailing address, phone number, and a check for $10/per permit in an envelope marked “Attention: Christmas Tree Sales.” Make checks payable to: USDA Forest Service. A permit will be sent by return mail. A purchaser may request authorization for trees taller than 8 feet (see above) as part of their order, and include the additional costs in their check payment.
Orders should be sent to the district where the tree will be cut: Supervisor’s Office/Price District, 599 W. Price River Drive, Price, UT 84501, phone, 435-637-2817; Ferron-Price District Office, P.O. Box 310, Ferron, UT 84523, phone, 435-384-2372; Moab District Office, P.O. Box 386, Moab, UT, 84532, phone, 435-259-7155; Monticello District Office, P.O. Box 820, Monticello, UT 84535, phone, 435-587-2041; and the Sanpete District Office, 540 N. Main Street, Ephraim, UT 84627-1117, phone, 435-283-4151.
In addition, the following private vendors will be selling permits: Choice Hardware & Home Center, 1005 N. Main, Nephi; Beck’s Home Furnishings, 14 West Main, Mt. Pleasant; Rasmussen Ace Hardware, 435 South Main, Gunnison; The Main Street Market, 15 W. Main Street, Ferron and Sutherland Lumber, 406 S Hwy 55, Price. The cost for permits is the same regardless of where they are purchased. Customers traveling long distances for permits should call in advance to determine if permits are still available.
UINTA-WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FORESTS: (801) 999-2103 http://fs.usda.gov/uwcnf
Evanston/Mt. View Ranger Districts: (307) 789-3194 and (307) 782-6555 - Permits for the Evanston area go on sale Friday, November 15, 2013. Permits are $10.00, one permit per household, one tree only. Permits can be purchased at the Evanston Ranger District Office, 1565 South Highway 150, Suite A, Evanston, Wyoming, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits may also be purchased at
the Bear River Lodge located 30 miles south of Evanston on the Mirror Lake Highway, (435) 642-6289. Any species of tree may be cut, but Lodgepole Pine is the main species in the area. Snow conditions may require permit holders to use snowmobiles, cross-country skies, or snowshoes to access the cutting area.
Permits for the Mt. View area go on sale, Friday, November 15, 2013. Permits are $10.00, one permit per household, one tree only. Permits can be purchased at the Mountain View Ranger District, 321 Highway 414, Mountain View, Wyoming, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday only. Permits may also be purchased at the Maverick Store (307) 782-6693 located at 655 N. Highway 414 in Mountain View,
Wyoming, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Any species of tree may be cut, but Lodgepole Pine is the main species in the area. The gates on the Mirror Lake Highway and on the North Slope Road are typically closed during the first week of December, limiting access for people without a snow machine. Cutting is not allowed in the Lily Lake Cross Country Ski Area.
Spanish Fork Ranger District: (801) 798-3571 - Permits will be sold on Wednesday, November 20th, at the Spanish Fork Ranger District located at 44 West 400 North, Spanish Fork, Utah, One tree permit per adult (16 years of age and older) will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until 400 tags are sold. Tree cutting permits are $10.00 and are for designated cutting areas within the Vernon area located in Tooele County on the Spanish Fork Ranger District. Only pinyon pine or juniper trees 20 feet tall or shorter may be cut and removed. Trees may be cut until December 24th and all trees must be tagged prior to transporting them.
For information pertaining to Christmas tree cutting on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas contact the BLM State Office at (801) 539-4001 or the BLM Salt Lake District (801) 977-4300. For information pertaining to tree cutting on Utah State Lands call (801)538-7302