Whether you’re continuing a long standing holiday tradition or are ready to start a new one, cutting your Christmas tree in the Lincoln National Forest should be on your list this year!
For the first time ever, the forest is selling permits for families to cut down their very own Christmas tree. Available from November 16th through December 24th, permits can be purchased for $10.00 plus a $2.50 processing fee by phone, in-person at an office, by mail, or at Recreation.gov. If you choose to purchase online, simply search for Lincoln National Forest Christmas Tree Permit and check out in a convenient and COVID-safe way after creating an account login. Once your permit has been purchased, please print it and place it on your vehicle’s dashboard.
There are rules and regulations in place for permit-holders, so it’s important to review the overview before beginning your trek to find the perfect tree. As a reminder, tree-cutting is not allowed on private land, in wilderness areas, within 100 feet of a paved roadway, within 300 feet of a trail or campground, or in areas with newly planted trees.
Permits are required for each tree cut on Forest Service land, and allow for one tree per household to be cut. However, permits for up to four households can be purchased through any Lincoln National Forest office. Additionally, if your 4th grade student has an Every Kid Outdoors Pass, your family is eligible for a free tree permit.
To find more information about permits, regulations, and more, please visit the Lincoln National Forest website.