Purchase your tree permit online or from National Forest Offices and local vendors
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Holiday season is just around the corner, and for those individuals wanting to cut their Christmas tree from the national forest there are three options for obtaining a Christmas tree permit. Permits may be purchased online through Recreation.gov, at some Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offices, and from local vendors.
To purchase a Christmas tree permit online, go to Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests Christmas Tree Permit in Washington – Recreation.gov. It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Permits purchased online have to be printed to be valid and must be with you when removing your tree.
Christmas tree permits cost $5 each (if purchased online there is an additional $2.50 charged for the reservation/transaction fee). Each tree permit allows a family to cut one tree, with a tree height limit of 15 feet, or dig a small live transplant tree. Permits are limited to two permits per household. The permits are non-refundable and are only good on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Christmas trees cannot be harvested in Wilderness areas, campgrounds, developed recreation areas, or tree plantations.
High clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving on national forest roads during the winter months. Please check conditions ahead of time, as many forest roads are already closed due to early snow. Remember to leave early in the day to allow for maximum daylight. Also, be prepared for all types of weather. It’s also a good idea to bring traction devices for cars, a shovel, warm clothing, blankets, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. Don’t forget to bring a saw to cut down the tree, a tarp to wrap around the tree, and a rope to secure the tarp in place on your vehicle.