Corvallis, OR – For many people, adventuring out and cutting a Christmas tree is an annual holiday tradition. If you enjoy the hunt for your perfect Christmas tree, visit a Siuslaw National Forest office and pick up a Christmas tree cutting permit for $5 each. The permit holder is allowed to cut one tree for personal use.
While the Siuslaw National Forest promotes this activity by selling the annual permits, people need to be aware that finding the perfect tree may not be easy. The trees on this forest are fast growing; which may render them as less than ideal Christmas trees to some. In addition, areas with small trees are becoming less available due to fewer young tree plantations and some area closures, including Marys Peak. Douglas fir and Sitka Spruce are the most common tree species available on the Siuslaw National Forest. Highly sought after Noble firs, and other high elevation “true firs”, are not available on the Siuslaw National Forest. However, Noble firs and other high elevation “true firs” can be found in the Willamette National Forest, which is also offering Christmas tree permits. The closest location to the Corvallis area to purchase a permit for the Willamette National Forest is at the Sweet Home Ranger District and local vendors in Sweet Home and Foster.
Finding a tree may turn into an all-day outing, so be prepared. Travel on forest roads during the winter is unpredictable. It is advisable to let friends or family know where you are headed and when you anticipate returning. Tree cutters should bring a handsaw or axe as well as winter clothing and safety equipment. Tire chains and shovel are recommended, as is extra food, drinking water, blankets, a flashlight, first aid kit, and survival gear.
Before you cut your tree, remember these rules:
ð You must insure you are on National Forest lands. A map is provided for this purpose.
ð You must take the entire tree
ð You cannot take the top off of a larger tree
ð After you cut your tree, you must immediately attach your permit
ð You cannot later discard the tree for another you find more desirable.
Once you’ve selected your tree, saw or chop it within six inches to the ground and leave no limbs attached to the stump. To keep the tree from drying out, leave it outside until you are ready to put it in a stand, then cut the trunk at an angle and keep it in plenty of water.
For current road and snow conditions, please contact the ranger station nearest where you plan to look for your tree.
Siuslaw National Forest Christmas tree permits are valid only on national forest lands within the Siuslaw National Forest. Permits can be purchased at the following locations, weekdays from 8:30 AM to 4 PM:
Hebo Ranger District Central Coast Ranger District
31525 Hwy. 22 1049 SW Pacific Hwy
Hebo, OR 97122 Waldport, OR 97394
Oregon Dunes NRA Visitor Center Siuslaw Forest Headquarters
855 Highway Avenue 3200 SW Jefferson Way
Reedsport, OR 97467 Corvallis, OR 97331