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Christmas tree permits available starting Thursday – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

The Howe family of Ashland with their freshly cut Christmas tree. [Mail Tribune / file photo]

The US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will begin offering Christmas tree permits on Thursday for $5 each.

For many families, venturing onto public land to cut down their own tree is an annual holiday tradition, officials said.

Federal agencies are offering several ways for people to get a tree permit starting Thursday:

  • More than 20 Rogue Valley stores and agencies will sell the permits, including hardware stores, Grange Co-op locations, ranger district stations and outdoor stores. For a list of locations, their phone numbers and hours of operation, see The Forest Service and BLM recommend that people call ahead to make sure permits are in stock.
  • Forest Service Christmas tree permits may be purchased online at Visitors must use a account to complete the transaction and abide by the rules included with the permit.
  • BLM-issued Christmas tree permits may be purchased online at
  • As part of the Every Kid Outdoors initiative, fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit with a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass. Free permits can be obtained at or in person at a Forest Service office. Fourth graders must present a pass to obtain a free permit.
  • In-person sales will be available at many Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management offices. Call individual agency offices to confirm availability and check office hours.

Each permit allows one Christmas tree to be cut for personal use, and a permit is required for each individual tree that visitors wish to take home.

Christmas tree permits are $5 per tree and are non-refundable. There is a limit of five tree permits per household, and permits can only be used on lands open to Christmas tree harvesting on Medford District BLM lands and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest .

Free maps identifying areas for tree cutting are provided at the time of permit purchase at, and are also available to print or download at home through the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest at www -siskiyou/passes-permits/?cid=stelprdb5327574&width=full. More information, such as tips for tree hunting, guidelines for where people can cut down their trees and safety tips, can also be found on the website.


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