Beginning Nov. 1, Plumas National Forest Christmas tree cutting permits may be purchased online in addition to the existing mail-in option. Trees may be cut through Dec. 31.
“We’re very pleased to have two options available for people to obtain Christmas tree permits, especially with our offices still closed,” said Forest Supervisor Chris Carlton. “Hopefully this important family tradition will help provide some comfort during what has been, such a difficult year for so many people.”
On-line permits may be purchased at recreation.gov/tree-permits/plumas. Prior to purchasing a permit, carefully review the Need-to-Know and Planning Your Trip information provided on the page.
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; two permits are allowed per household; read the instructions on your permit carefully. Sales are final with no refunds.
In addition to the areas in which tree cutting is not allowed (see cutting map included with mail-in permits and available via links with online permits), three areas have been closed due to public safety concerns involving the North Complex (Bear/Claremont), Sheep and Walker fires that burned either late last year or are still burning this year. Maps of the fire closure areas may be found at fs.usda.gov/plumas/alerts-notices .
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 additional information about cutting Christmas trees on the Plumas National Forest,
visit fs.usda.gov/main/plumas/passes-permits/forestproducts .