Sandy, OR –The Mt. Hood National Forest will begin selling personal use Christmas tree cutting permits at our Ranger District Office’s as well as many local vendors on Monday, November 3, 2014. Permits sell for $5.00 each (cash, check or card) and there is a limit of five permits per household.
When purchasing permits, you will get an informational sheet with rules for cutting Christmas trees on the National Forest. Your permit allows the cutting of a Christmas tree up to 12 feet tall. Permits for trees taller than 12 feet may be obtained from District Offices for an additional cost.
Closures are in effect due to the 36 Pit Fire. For updates about road conditions, including Highway 224, please visit www.TripCheck.com or call 511 within Oregon or 1-800-977-6358. The Mt. Hood National Forest also has a fire area closure in affect (Closure Order: MH-2014-14), which affects some forest roads. For more information please visit our Forest Orders page on our website. Forest road information can be found by visiting or Roads Table.
Winter weather in the forest can change rapidly. Some Forest Service roads are not maintained for winter travel. Carry traction devices and be advised of winter road closures and snow park permit requirements. The Forest Service recommends you start early in the day and be out of the forest before dark. Dress warmly and carry a forest map, snacks and water. Don’t forget a tool to cut your tree and rope or cord to secure it to your vehicle. Do not rely solely on your GPS for navigating forest roads as some information may not be accurate or up-to-date. Also make sure relatives or friends know where you are going and when you plan to return. Keep your family and your own safety in mind as you head out to look for that perfect Christmas tree.
The Mt. Hood National Forest currently offers Free Use Bough Permits (available at no charge) for up to 25 pounds of boughs, and Commercial Bough Permits for larger quantities. Permits for Boughs are not available at local vendors. Bough permits are only available at Mt. Hood National Forest District offices. You must have a permit to harvest boughs.
Happy Christmas tree hunting, and we wish you happy holidays from the Mt. Hood National Forest.