Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

MEDFORD, Ore. — Starting Monday, November 19th, Southern Oregonians will be permitted to cut their own Christmas tree.

According to a press release, tree permits will be available at Forest Service and Bureau of Land  Management (BLM) Offices, as well as at numerous vendor locations in southwest Oregon. The permits allow for the cutting of personal-use trees for Christmas and other holiday events. Officials say a permit is required for the harvest of each individual tree.

The permits are $5.00 per tree and are non-refundable. Officials say there is a limit of five tree permits per person. The permits cover a large area that includes the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, the Coos Bay and Medford Districts of the BLM, where lands are open to personal use tree harvesting.

According to a press release, the Christmas tree permit tag is validated after harvesting your tree by cutting out the date, month and year on the tree tag and securely attaching it to the cut tree in a visible location before transporting it.

Officials say Christmas tree harvest is not allowed in wilderness areas, campgrounds, developed recreation areas, National Monuments, Research Natural Areas, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, or within fences or posted tree plantations, within 200 feet of state highways or on private lands.  Christmas tree cutting is also not permitted within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the Wild and Scenic Rogue River corridor and Recreation Areas.