Beginning Nov. 1, Plumas National Forest Christmas tree cutting permits can be purchased online or through the mail. Two permits are allowed per household; Trees may be cut through Dec. 31.
Online permits may be purchased at recreation.gov/tree-permits/plumas. Prior to purchasing a permit, carefully review the information provided in this statement.
Visitors to the recreation.gov site will need to create a new account — or log in to an existing account — to complete their transaction.
Permits are $10 plus a $2.50 service fee. All sales are final with no refunds.
In order to ensure timely delivery, mail-in requests must be received by Dec. 1 at the Plumas National Forest Supervisors Office, Attn. Christmas Tree Permit, 159 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA 95947. Permits are $10; please read the instructions on your permit carefully. Sales are final with no refunds.
In addition to the areas where tree cutting is not allowed (see cutting map included with mail-in permits and available via links with on-line permits), several areas and roads remain closed due to public safety concerns following wildfires. Maps of the fire closure areas may be found at: fs.usda.gov/plumas/alerts-notices.
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 fsapps.nwcg.gov/mtbs/ravg_mysql/files/maps/ca3983912034520210702_20200809_20210819_RAVG_Map_BA.pdf.
To ensure your visit to the forest is an enjoyable and safe experience, follow these important tips:
- Let someone know where you’re going, your estimated return time, a description of your vehicle and remember, cell phones may not work!
- Bring cold weather clothing, even if the day is nice when you start out.
- Bring emergency food and water, first-aid kit, tire chains, and shovel.
- Have a full tank of gas in your vehicle and don’t forget to bring a map.
For more information about cutting Christmas trees on the Plumas National Forest, visit: www.fs.usda.gov/main/plumas/passes-permits/forestproducts.