Permits can be purchased for $5.00 at the federal building, located at 431 Patterson Bridge Road, John Day, the Prairie City Ranger District office at 327 SW Front St, and the Emigrant Creek Ranger District office located in Hines at 265 Hwy 20 South. Offices are open Monday through Friday; offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 22.
A validated permit must be attached to each tree that is transported, with a maximum of five trees per household.
Permit holders can harvest any tree species shorter than twelve feet on National Forests. They cannot cut trees within Forest Service nurseries and plantations, within 150 feet of highways or 300 feet of streams.
Christmas tree harvesters can find pine trees at lower elevations, firs and cedars in higher country.
Instructions printed on permits give additional information about Christmas tree harvesting. Forest Service officials also recommend the following safety measures:
· Check weather and road conditions before departing.
· Dress warmly, pack water, food, tools and a first-aid kit.
· Let friends know your travel plans and expected return time.
· Equip party members with a signal whistle and be aware of each others location.
· Drive a well-maintained vehicle that is fully equipped for winter driving.
For more information on Christmas tree permits, call 541-575-3000 (John Day), 541-573-4300 (Burns/Hines), or 541-820-3800 (Prairie City).