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Where to buy Christmas tree permits this year? Online (only), of course

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Starting Monday, Christmas tree permits can be purchased online and at vendor locations across Central Oregon. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, permits will not be available for purchase at Forest Service offices this year.

Beginning Monday, Christmas tree permits for the 2020 season will be available for purchase online at Christmas tree permits purchased online will have to be printed to be valid. Traditional Christmas tree permits also will be available at several participating local vendors ( ). Individual Christmas tree permits are $5 each and households can purchase a maximum of five permits.

This year, fourth- and fifth-graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit as a part of the national Every Kid Outdoors initiative, which is a national program to encourage children to visit national parks, forests, and public lands. To be eligible for the free tree permit, the student must have a Every Kid Outdoors pass. Information about getting the Every Kid Outdoors pass can be found at

Once the student has the pass, he or she can obtain a free holiday tree permit by visiting Using the Every Kid Outdoors pass/voucher, the student should check the box indicating they have a pass and enter the pass or voucher number (a $2.50 reservation fee will be applied).  To learn more, visit:

Christmas Tree Guidance

  • Check the weather forecast and road conditions before traveling.
  • Dress for the season. Always be prepared for the cold and snow.
  • Start tree hunting early in the day to have plenty of daylight hours.
  • Bring emergency supplies, including water and food and a first-aid kit.
  • Remember to tell someone where you are going.
  • Bring a map and compass. Your cell phone may not work.
  • The tree you choose must be at least 200 feet from main roads, recreation sites and campgrounds, and stay away from areas along the sides of streams, rivers, lakes, and wet areas. Check with the ranger district for the proper distance.
  • Select a tree with a trunk six inches or less in diameter and prepare to cut the tree no more than six inches above ground level.
  • Never cut a tall tree just for the top.
  • Select a tree from overstocked areas and thickets. Watch restricted areas. Cut only one tree per tag. 
  • Attach your tree tag to harvested tree before placing in vehicle.
  • Bring a rope and tarp to move your tree from the harvest area to your vehicle.
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety and for the safety of those around you.
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