Pendleton, OR: Umatilla National Forest Christmas trees permits are now on sale at all forest offices and at several local businesses. Permits are valid on Federal Forest Service lands only and do not authorize tree cutting on private, State or other federally managed lands.
Permits can be purchased for $5.00 each and are limited to one per household. Christmas tree permits and forest maps are available during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, at the Supervisor's Office in Pendleton, Oregon, and at the four Ranger District offices in Ukiah and Heppner, Oregon; and Walla Walla and Pomeroy, Washington.
Local businesses will be set up to sell permits on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and include:
Dave’s 12th St. Chevron, Pendleton
Southgate Mini-Market, Pendleton
Ace Hardware, Hermiston
Mentzer and Elliott, Pilot Rock
J&D Food Mart, Pilot Rock
Rhode's Supply, Ukiah
Granny's Store, Ukiah
Dale Store, Dale
Heppner Shell, Heppner
Lazy Wolf Resort, Spray
Columbia Grain and Feed, Pasco
Farmer’s Exchange, Kennewick
Conoco General Store, Dayton
Pomeroy Foods, Pomeroy
PF Express, Pomeroy
Schurman's True Value, Clarkston
Hells Canyon NRA Office, Clarkston
Regulations for cutting Christmas Trees on the Umatilla National Forest:
¯ Christmas Tree Permits sell for $5.00 each and are limited to one permit per household.
¯ Validate the permit by completely removing month, date and year; securely attaching it to the tree trunk between the limbs
¯ Make sure the permit is visible during transportation.
¯ Cut your tree at least 50 feet away from the road.
¯ Clean up any trimmings or limbs and leave stumps no higher than 10 inches. It is illegal to “top” a tree.
¯ Cut off any green limbs left on the stump (can be used for greens).
¯ Maximum height of tree to be cut is 14 feet tall.
¯ Do not cut on private land, in wilderness areas, designated campgrounds, active timber sales or existing tree plantations.
¯ Do not cut trees within 200 feet of Bluewood or Spout Springs Ski Areas, summer home sites, Tollgate Work Center, or Forest Service Guard Stations.
¯ Christmas tree cutting in the Tollgate Area on the Walla Walla Ranger District can be challenging after December 1, when most Forest roads close for the winter. After Dec. 1, snowmobiling or snowshoeing will be your only access onto most roads off Hwy 204.
¯ Christmas tree cutting on the Pomeroy Ranger District is prohibited on Park and Cook Ridges, and in the Lick Creek area, including Sheep Creek, Cabin, Capehorn and Mud Springs ridges. You may encounter road closures in the School Fire area during logging operations. Please abide by these closures.
Be Safe, Be Prepared for Winter Weather!
¯ Dress appropriately in warm socks, boots, coats, hats & gloves
¯ Bring plenty of snacks and water
¯ Have supplies available to build a fire if necessary
¯ Make sure your vehicle is equipped for winter travel
¯ Always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be home
¯ Carry your trees carefully out of the woods. Dragging the tree will rub off needles and bark.
¯ If the tree is too big to transport in the trunk of your vehicle, wrap it in canvas to prevent wind damage.
¯ Once home, cut the bottom of the trunk off and place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket of water. Replenish water frequently.