FREMONT-WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST, Ore. — You can buy your Christmas tree permits from several vendors in Lake and Klamath counties, online through recreation.gov or by mail. You will be charged an extra $2.50 per transaction for permits bought online.
Permits need to be placed on the dash board of your car, you can buy up to five recreational permits per person. Local forest permits that do not expire through vendors will be a red band that wraps around the tree.
The Fremont-Winema National forest has a program called the EKO, which stands for the every kid outdoor pass that gives every fourth grader in Klamath and Lake counties free Christmas permits. Those permits will expire at the end of this year. Home school fourth graders in the Klamath and Lake counties are encouraged to apply for the EKO pass online.
Shannon Holt coordinates the EKO program and is going to be reaching out to all fourth grade classrooms throughout Klamath and Lake counties to get the permits into the hands of students.
People can cut trees within the national forest boundary and respecting private property. It's the responsibility of the cutter to ensure they are not getting their tree from private state or other federal lands. It is also important that people do not cut an active timber cells or areas that have been planted with new trees that they do not cut and wilderness areas, experimental forest tree plantations or developed recreation sites, administrative sites, or in any other posted area.
It is also prohibited to cut trees within 100 feet of stream banks. Specific information is included when people receive their permits.