LAKEVIEW, Ore. – As the holiday season starts next week, Christmas tree permits are currently available from the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

Permits cost $5 and are nonrefundable.  A maximum of five permits can be purchased and can be used through December 25.

The permits are available for purchase from several vendors in Lake and Klamath counties, online through www.Recreation.gov, and by mail from all Fremont-Winema National Forest offices.


This week fifth graders with an Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) voucher can get a free Christmas tree permit.  This is in addition to fourth graders who can get a free permit with their valid EKO pass.

The Fremont-Winema National Forest provided free passes and permits to area fourth graders.  They are starting to provide the vouchers and permits to fifth graders in Lake and Klamath counties.  For more information or for those home schooling, please contact Public Affairs Specialist Shannon Holt at 541-947-6261 or shannon.holt@usda.gov.

EKO passes and vouchers can also be acquired by visiting https://everykidoutdoors.gov and completing the application process.  Recreation.gov has an option for EKO passholders to get their Christmas tree permit online, but there is a $2.50 service charge for the transaction.  Just search for the national forest where you want to cut your tree, check the box for the EKO pass, enter the EKO voucher or pass number and complete the purchase information.

Each permit is valid to cut one tree and must be secured to the tree in a place visible during transport of the tree from the forest.

Permits purchased in person do not expire, so if weather or other conditions make it impossible to get a tree this year, the permit is still valid for use the next year.  Permits purchased on Recreation.gov are only good for this year.

The permit cost through Recreation.gov is $5, but it is only valid for the 2020 season.  Up to five permits can be purchased and there is a $2.50 service charge per transaction.  The purchase can be done from a computer or mobile device.  Just search for “Fremont-Winema National Forest Christmas Tree Permit”. The permit must be printed to be valid and visible on the vehicle dashboard when transporting the tree.

For those who still want to get their permit from their local Forest Service Office, please call or write to the local office at the number or address listed below.  Customers mailing in a request need to include their name, mailing address, phone number, the number of Christmas tree permits being ordered and a check or money order made out to “USDA Forest Service” for the total purchase.

Christmas tree permits from the Fremont-Winema National Forest are valid for use on the Forest in Klamath and Lake Counties.  It is the responsibility of the cutter to ensure they are not getting their tree from private, state or other federal lands.  Christmas trees also cannot be harvested in Congressionally-designated Wilderness Areas, active timber sales, developed recreation sites or tree plantations.

Some parking areas on the Forest require a Sno-Park permit issued by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  Permits are sold at all DMV offices and by permit agents at resorts, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets.  Certain Forest roads are designated as snowmobile trails and closed to wheeled vehicle traffic.

Local Forest offices can answer questions regarding Christmas tree cutting, current conditions and roads.

All Forest offices are open for phone calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The offices will be closed Thursday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bly Ranger Station

61100 Hwy 140 E

Bly, OR 97622

541-353-2427

 

Chemult Ranger Station

110500 Hwy 97 N

Chemult, OR 97731

541-365-7001

 

Chiloquin Ranger Station

38500 Hwy 97 N

Chiloquin, OR 97624

541-783-4001

 

Forest Supervisor’s Office

1301 S. G St.

Lakeview, OR 97630

541-947-2151

Klamath Ranger District

2819 Dahlia St., Suite A

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

541-883-6714

 

Lakeview Ranger Station

18049 Hwy 395 N

Lakeview, OR 97630

541-947-3334

 

Paisley Ranger Station

303 Hwy 31

Paisley, OR 97636

541-943-3114

 

Silver Lake Ranger Station

65600 Hwy 31

Silver Lake, OR 97638

541-576-2107

 

Christmas tree permits are available from the following vendors.  Please call for prices and availability.

 

Palomino Deli and Mini-Mart

42620 Hwy 140 E

Beatty, OR 97621

541-533-2411

Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Ed’s Fast Break

61430 Hwy 140 E

Bly, OR 97622

541-353-2551

Hours: Monday-Sunday 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

 

Sycan Store

61278 Hwy 140 E

Bly, OR 97622

541-353-2271

Hours: Monday-Sunday 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Bonanza General Store

31919 Hwy 70

Bonanza, OR 97623

541-545-6621

Hours: Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 6 a.m.-9 p.m.Sunday 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

 

Wright’s Hardware

117 First St.

Chiloquin, OR 97624

541-783-2239

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Santa’s General & Hardware Store

83038 Christmas Valley Hwy

Christmas Valley, OR 97641

541-576-2999

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Keno Store

15211 Hwy 66

Keno, OR 97627

541-884-4944

Hours: Monday-Sunday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

 

Campus Valero

2820 Biehn St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

541-884-0938

Hours: Monday-Sunday 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

 

Fuel Good ISA Fuel

3320 Washburn Way

Klamath Falls, OR 97603

541-892-2779

Hours: Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

 

Grange Co-op

2525 Washburn Way

Klamath Falls, OR 97603

541-884-7733

Hours: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Lake of the Woods Resort General Store

950 Harriman Route

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

541-949-8300

Hours: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Lake of the Woods Resort Marina

950 Harriman Route

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

541-949-8300

Hours: Thursday, Friday & Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Closed Monday-Wednesday

 

Oregon Avenue Food Mart

2075 Oregon Ave.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

541-884-0938

Hours: Monday-Sunday 24 hours a day

 

Parker’s Rod & Gun Rack

7364 S. 6th St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97603

541-883-3726

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Sportsman’s Warehouse

1863 Avalon St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97603

541-273-3000

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

ACE Hardware

318 North F Street

Lakeview, OR 97630

541-947-2210

Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Base Camp RV Park

18020 Hwy 395 N

Lakeview, OR 97630

541-947-4968

Hours: Monday-Sunday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

Lake County Chamber of Commerce

126 North E Street

Lakeview, OR. 97630

541-947-6040

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Lakeview Shell Station

17697 Hwy 395 N

Lakeview, OR 97630

541-947-4899

Hours: Monday-Sunday 4 a.m.-10 p.m.

 

Tall Town Bike and Camp

19 North E Street

Lakeview, OR 97630

503-314-6095

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Silver Lake Mercantile & Motel

65554 Highway 31

Silver Lake, OR 97638

541-576-2131

Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Cutting a Christmas tree on the National Forest is a great holiday tradition for many families and also helps with hazardous fuels reduction by removing smaller trees from the Forest.  Following are some tips to make your experience more enjoyable.

  • Plan your trip – check the weather, bring plenty of warm clothes, water, emergency food, tire chains, shovel, a saw or axe to cut your tree, and a tarp and rope to bring it home.  Make sure you have a full tank of gas when you leave and are prepared for changing conditions in the mountains!  Also, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
  • Keep vehicles on designated roads and be aware of changing weather and road conditions.  Wet dirt roads can quickly turn to mud, making it possible to get stuck and causing damage to road, soil and water resources.  If there are puddles in the road, mud flipping off the tires or you can see your ruts in the rearview mirror, consider pulling over and taking a hike to look for a tree, or turning around and finding a different area to cut your tree.
  • Cut your tree early in the season before favorite cutting areas can’t be reached because of snow.
  • Cut the tree as close as possible to the ground and leave as little of a stump as possible.
  • Attach the permit on the tree where it will be easily visible with the tree packed or tied on your vehicle for transport home.
  • To help keep your tree fresh, cut at least one inch off the base when you get home and stand the tree in a container of water in a cool, shaded area, checking the water level daily.

For more information on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema or follow the Forest on Twitter @FremontWinemaNF.