Shasta-Trinity National Offering Christmas Tree Cutting Permits Starting Thursday

This is a press release from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest:

United States Forest Service USFSREDDING, Calif., – Shasta-Trinity National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits on November 1, 2018. For many local families, the search for and selection of your own Christmas tree in the forest is a wonderful experience and tradition.

Last year, over 8,000 Christmas tree permits were purchased at Shasta-Trinity National Forest offices, with a majority purchased the week of Thanksgiving. We ask the public to please purchase your permit early to avoid long lines. Permits may also be purchased through the mail by sending in the Christmas Tree Permit Application found on the forest website and payment to the Forest Headquarters Office in Redding. If mailing your application request, please allow plenty of time for permit processing and holiday mail delivery delays.

Each permit costs $10 and there is a limit of one tree per household and they are valid through December 25. Forest Service offices accept credit cards, cash, or checks made out to: USDA Forest Service. Fourth-grade students are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit under the Every Kid in a Park program. Please contact one of the offices listed below for more information. Unless noted below, all offices are will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to purchase your permit. All offices will be closed Nov. 12 and 22 in observance of the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest Headquarters

    3644 Avtech Parkway, Redding, CA

    (530) 226-2500

    Additional hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 24, December 1, 8, 15

    Lassen National Forest Christmas tree permits are also available for purchase.

Mt Shasta Ranger Station

    204 West Alma, Mt Shasta, CA

    (530) 926-4511

McCloud Ranger Station

    2019 Forest Rd, McCloud, CA

    (530) 964-2184

Shasta Lake Ranger Station

    14255 Holiday Road, Mountain Gate, CA

    (530) 275-1587

    Lassen National Forest Christmas tree permits are also available for purchase.

Weaverville Ranger Station

    210 West Main St, Weaverville, CA

    (530) 623-2121

Harrison Gulch Ranger Station

    2555 State Highway 36, Platina, CA

    (530) 352-4211 – Please call for office hours.

Hayfork Ranger Station

    111 Trinity Street, Hayfork, CA

    (530) 628-5227

For a .pdf version of this release, click here.



  • can anyone explain why only fourth grade kids get a free permit?

    • “As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our Nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, today he will launch an “Every Kid in a Park” initiative that will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission to National Parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year. ”

      The link is in case no one would believe it if just explained. They literally get a free pass.

      • Oh. And also an example of what happens when government confuses a passing thought with program and why there are over 200,000 pages of Federal regulations.

      • i get that. i meant why only fourth graders. what is the thinking behind only them but thank you for the link

        • “Research shows that children ages 9 to 11 are in the midst of a particularly unique developmental stage. During which, they form a more concrete understanding of how the world works, they are more receptive to new ideas, and they are most likely to have positive attitudes about nature and the environment. By focusing efforts specifically on fourth graders, the initiative aims to ensure kids have the opportunity to visit and enjoy federal lands and waters during this developmental stage.”

          I suspect more important than research was budgeting. Too many kids equals too many freebies.

          • thank you. personally i think all our parks should be free for citizens

            • It’s ok to charge some for camping but not for most day use. Too much acquiring of park land and too little of maintaining it afterward. If It’s so important, it’s important enough to fund from the budget. And stupid waste does not help.

    • Because they can only cut down burned trees.

  • Can you not get them at the usfs office in eureka this year? Always get mine there but it’s not listed above.

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