Christmas Tree Permits needed to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Christmas tree cutting permits for personal use are now on sale at both the Plumas and the Lassen National Forest.  St. Bernard Lodge is close to both forests and both forests are great places to find your perfect Christmas tree this year.

Start or continue a family tradition of cutting your own Christmas Tree

For permits on the Plumas National Forest please visit:          Permits for Plumas National Forest   

Lassen National Forest has several changes for Christmas Tree Permits in 2021

To purchase by mail:  Mail in form

Locations to Purchase Christmas Tree Permits in Chester:  PDF of locations

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, our 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.
  • Please be aware of the Dixie closure area and avoid those areas.
  • Lassen National Forest Christmas Tree Permits can NOT be purchased online.

If you would like to cut a Christmas tree on the LNF, send your request for a Christmas tree permit along with a check for $10.00 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

Cut your own Christmas Tree

Permits are only 10 dollars and trees may be cut now until December 24, 2021. Make this a family or group outing. With purchase of a permit you will be given a map of the tree cutting areas and regulations.

A large portion of both Lassen National Forest and Plumas National forest have been burned in the Dixie Fire.  Please make sure to visit National Forest website for closure maps.

Take the family out and find the perfect Christmas tree. With careful selection of your tree you not only get the best and freshest Christmas tree you will be improving the health of our forest with thinning.

Both the Lassen National Forest  and the Plumas National Forest have an abundance of Douglas Fir, California Red Fir and White Fir trees, which are all favorites for Christmas Trees.

To make your trip more memorable spend a night or two at the St. Bernard Lodge. Lassen National Forest is only a few minutes from the lodge. You may book a single room at the lodge or book the entire lodge for a group of up to 20 guests. We will cook and clean for you giving you the day to find your perfect Christmas tree and enjoy the outdoors.

After cutting your Christmas tree return to the lodge to warm up, relax, play a game of pool, or have a warm (or cold) drink at the bar. Need more action head into town for some very unique shopping choices or visit Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Tips on finding the perfect Christmas Tree

1. Measure – Before you leave home and go hunting for that “perfect tree,” you’ll need to decide where it will fit in your home. Once a spot is chosen be sure to measure both the ceiling height and the width of that space. Also, measure your tree stand to determine the maximum diameter of the tree trunk you can use in it. Finally, measure the height of your tree stand as well as the height of your treetop decoration. Use all these measurements to determine the perfect height and width of the Christmas tree you’ll select for your home.

2. Make sure to bring your tape measure – From personal experience the size of the tree can be very deceiving in the forest. You want to be a responsible Christmas tree harvester and not cut a tree that you will need to cut down once at home.

3. Things to pack– Heavy gloves to protect your hands, old blanket or tarp to protect your car and tree, twine or rope to securely tie your tree to the car, hand saw, snacks and water, clothing for possible snow conditions.

4. Make sure you have your permit– You may order via mail or purchase at one of the following locations. Make sure you know hours and days permits may be purchased.

Plan your trip

If you need any help in planning your trip please call St. Bernard Lodge at 530-736-6188.  Even if you are not staying with us, if we know a day in advance to can provide breakfast, lunch or dinner for your group visiting the area. For availability visit our reservation page.

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