Christmas Tree Permits Will Be Available Starting November 1

cutting the christmas tree

Cutting the Christmas tree. [Photo by Kym Kemp]

Press release from Six Rivers National Forest:

Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor, Merv George Jr., has announced that Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase from Forest offices November 1 through December 22. Christmas tree permits may also be purchased by mail. “This is a great opportunity to create memories of a family outing,” said George. “Children love to have a part in selecting a ‘just right’ tree.”

Permits are $10.00 per tree. Individuals must be 18 or older to purchase a permit. The Forest Service accepts cash, check, or credit/debit cards as payment. All sales are final with no refunds. Those who purchase a permit will receive a tag that must be signed and attached to the tree they have cut.

There is a limit of two tags per household; however, one person may purchase a maximum of five tags. Separate names and addresses must be provided for each additional tag. Trees may be cut and removed any day of the week.

Once again, the Forest will participate in the Every Kid in a Park program by giving a free Christmas tree permit to fourth graders. The Every Kid in a Park program is a White House initiative to introduce fourth graders to the public lands in their own backyards and beyond. To receive a free Christmas tree permit, fourth graders or their teachers should first visit to complete the application process, and then download and print their pass. They must bring their pass—along with their parents—to any Six Rivers National Forest office to receive their Christmas tree permit.

Forest offices and the Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce will be open for permit sales as follows:


Forest Office Location Hours Phone Number
Supervisor’s Office 1330 Bayshore Way
Eureka, CA 95501
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Not open on weekends.

(707) 442-1721
Smith River National Recreation Area (Gasquet RD)

Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 228 – Highway 199
Gasquet, CA 95543
1001 Front Street, Crescent City, CA 95531
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Not open on weekends.

Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Not open on Sunday or Monday.

(707) 457-3131

(707) 464-3174


Ranger District

P.O. Box 410

Highway 96

Orleans, CA 95556

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(530) 627-3291
Lower Trinity Ranger District P.O. Box 68

580 Highway 96

Willow Creek, CA 95573

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(530) 629-2118
Mad River Ranger District 741 Highway 36

Bridgeville, CA 95526

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

(707) 574-6233

Please contact ranger district offices to obtain the starting date for the weekends. Days may vary from district to district. All offices will be closed Friday, November 11 and Thursday, November 24 in observance of Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving.

To purchase a Christmas tree permit by mail, include the following information with the request: (1) name, (2) address to mail permit, (3) daytime telephone number, (4) driver’s license number, and (5) check or money order for $10.00 per permit payable to USDA Forest Service. Please put Christmas Tree Permit on the outside of the envelope, and allow one week for processing your request. Mail-in requests received after December 14 will not be filled. To help with your request, a form is also available to download, print and mail at

To ensure your visit to the forest is an enjoyable and safe experience, please follow these important tips:

  • Let someone know your location and estimated return time.
  • Bring cold weather clothing, even if the day is nice when you start out.
  • Bring emergency food and water, first-aid kit, tire chains, and shovel.
  • Have a full tank of gas in your vehicle.
  • Remember to take your tag and a map with you to your forest location.

For additional information, go to and click on Christmas Tree Permit Policy. For more information about the Six Rivers National Forest, visit us at or “like” us on Facebook at



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