Christmas Tree Cutting
Pick your perfect Christmas tree this season!
Lassen National Forest
You can also get a permit for cutting your tree in Lassen National Forest, by mail only. Limit two trees per household. Requests must be received no later than 12/10/21 to be filled.
If you would like to cut a Christmas tree on the LNF (which includes Butte Meadows) you can purchase the tree permit in-person at one of the following area vendors:
- Collier Hardware, 105 Broadway St., Chico
- Zavattero Grocery Co., 15509 Nopel Rd., Forest Ranch
- Susanville Supermarket IGA, 50 Grand Ave., Susanville
- Old Station Fill Up and Mini Mart, 13413 Hwy 44, Old Station
- Ayoob's Intermountain Hardware, 201 Main Street, Chester
- Chester Chevron Food Mart, 225 Main Street, Chester
You can also send your request for a Christmas tree permit along with a check for $10.00 per tree to one of the following locations:
- Almanor Ranger District, 900 E. Hwy 36, P.O. Box 767, Chester CA 96020, (530) 258-2141
- Eagle Lake Ranger District, 477-050 Eagle Lake Road, Susanville, CA 96130, (530) 257-4188
- Hat Creek Ranger District, 43225 E. Hwy 299, P.O. Box 220, Fall River Mills, CA 96028, (530) 336-5521
- Supervisor’s Office, 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130, (530) 257-2151
The Lassen National Forest would like to advise folks of a few changes to the Christmas tree permit program that are continued from last year. The changes are as follows:
- Sales for Christmas tree permits will begin on November 1, 2020, by mail.
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, offices remain closed. This includes the Old Station Visitor Center on the Hat Creek Ranger District. It will not be staffed to sell Christmas tree permits.
- The Shasta-Trinity National Forest will no longer be selling permits for Christmas trees to be cut on the LNF.
- Lassen National Forest Christmas Tree Permits can NOT be purchased online
Plumas National Forest
Permits are required to cut your own tree; walk-in permits are available through Dec. 24 while mail-in requests must be received by Dec. 1 at the Plumas National Forest Supervisors Office. Trees may be cut from Nov. 1-Dec. 31. Permits are $10 (plus a $2.50 service fee if purchased online) and include a map of tree cutting areas, as well as safety information and helpful tips. Two permits are allowed per household; please read the instructions on your permit carefully! There are no refunds.
Visitors should be alert when entering burned areas and watch out for hazard trees, down trees along roads, and falling rocks and debris. It is important to plan your trip ahead of time to ensure the area you plan to cut your tree has not been impacted by recent fires. Maps of recently burned areas of the Dixie Fire and Sugar Fire can be found at Dixie Post-Fire BAER Maps - InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov) and https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/mtbs/ravg_mysql/files/maps/ca3983912034520210702_20200809_20210819_RAVG_Map_BA.pdf.
Because cutting areas may be quickly limited by snow, dress warmly and plan to get your tree early. Cell phone coverage may be scarce in remote areas so make sure you’ve planned ahead for contingencies like flat tires and being stuck on a cold, muddy roads. Let someone know where you are going and leave them a map, plus pertinent phone numbers and a description of your vehicle.
More program specifics, including mail-in instructions, may be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/plumas/passes-permits/forestproducts