Christmas Tree Permits 



Cut your own Christmas tree

Christmas tree cutting permits (personal use) are now on sale for the Plumas and Lassen National Forests. Permits may be used only in the forest for which they were purchased. A map of the tree cutting areas and regulations are included with the permit. 

With a $10 permit, Christmas trees may be cut until December 24, 2014. Tree cutters are asked to take extra care to cut in the areas noted and to remember to attach the permit to their tree before leaving the cutting area, to avoid penalties.

Make your family outing to Plumas County even more memorable by including some local holiday traditions such as a ride in a horse drawn wagon or  participating in a tree lighting ceremony complete with food, song, and merriment.  Warning: You may have to include an extra day to take in all the festive shopping opportunities! 

Click on the links to the left for information about lodging, dining, and local events in your favorite part of the county.

Listed below are businesses and offices where Christmas tree permits may be purchased.  

 Plumas National Forest

Graeagle, Blairsden, Cromberg, Portola Areas

Beckwourth Ranger Station
23 Mohawk Road
1/4 mile west of Blairsden
8:00 am to 4:30 pm  Mon-Friday

9:00 am to 1:00 pm Saturdays,
Nov. 15, 22, 29 and
Dec. 6 and 13

Hallelujah Junction General Store
Highway 395/Highway 70
Williams House Museum/
Portola Visitor Center 
424 E Sierra Avenue (Hwy 70)
J & J Grizzly Store & Camping Resort
530- 832-0270
Coffee Tree Express
196 E. Sierra Avenue (Hwy 70)
Graeagle Outpost
11 Hwy 89
Chalet View Lodge
Hwy 70
Happy Hunting Ground
7701 Hwy 89  
River Pines Resort
Hwy 89, 1/4 mile N of Graeagle
Mountain Hardware & Sports
282 Bonta Street
(530) 836-2589

Doyle-Milford Area

Doyle Payless
Hwy 395 & Rachel Drive
Doyle-Milford area
530- 827-2880  (call ahead)
The Mark
445-625 Hwy 395
530- 827-2286


Sierraville Service & Country
(530) 994-3529
Quincy Area
Mt. Hough Ranger District
39696 Hwy. 70
3 miles north of Quincy
(530) 283-0555
8:00 am to 4:30 pm  Mon-Friday
following a Thanksgiving closure and weekdays until December 23rd.
98 E Main Street
Sav-Mor Supermarket
1947 E Main Street
76 Unocal
106 Crescent Street
151 Crescent Street
One Stop
2003 E Main Street

Greenville/Taylorsville/Indian Valley Area

Greenville Forest Service
Information & Work Center

128 Hot Springs Rd
8:00 am to 12 noon and
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Evergreen Market
Indian Valley Village Shopping Center
Young's Market

Oroville, La Porte and Berry Creek Area

Feather River Ranger District
875 Mitchell Ave
9:00 am to 3:30 pm on Friday and Saturday
Plumas National Forest
Challenge Visitor Center
18050 Murlock Rd
9:00 am to 3:30 pm on Friday and Saturday
Wagon Wheel Market
4607 Olive Highway
La Porte General Store
1851 La Porte Road
La Porte
Ray's Hardware
9114 La Porte Road
Lassen National Forest
Almanor Ranger District
900 East Hwy 36
P.O. Box 767
Chester 96020
8:00 am - 4:30 pm Mon-Friday
Special Days and  hours: Saturdays:  Nov 29, Dec 6 and 13 9 am - 3 pm
Lassen Forest Headquarters
2550 Riverside Dr
Susanville  96130
8:00 am - 4:30 pm Mon-Friday
Eagle Lake Ranger District
477-050 Eagle Lake Rd
8:00 am - 4:30 pm Mon-Friday
Special Days and  hours: Saturdays: Nov 29, Dec 6 and 13 from 8am-Noon
Hat Creek Ranger District
43225 East Hwy 299
Fall River Mills  96028
8:00 am - 4:30 pm Mon-Friday
Mineral Creek Work Center
38795 Highway 36 East
(530) 595-3311
Special Days and  hours: Saturdays Nov 29, Dec 6 and 13 from 9 am -3 pm
No mail-in requests accepted
Butte Meadows Work Center
7288 Humboldt Rd
Butte Meadows
(530) 258-2141
Special Days and  hours: Friday, Nov 29 from 9:30 am-3:00 pm, Saturdays Nov 29, Dec 6 and 13 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sundays Nov 30, Dec 7 and 14,
from 9:00 am - 3 pm
No mail-in requests accepted
Old Station Visitor Center
Junction of Hwy 89 & 44 in Old Station
Sat - Sun  Nov 1 to Dec 7
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Special Days and  hours:
Friday, Nov 28 & Saturday, Dec 13
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
No mail-in requests accepted

To mail for a permit, please write to one of these offices:

Lassen National Forest 
Christmas Tree Permit
2550 Riverside Drive
Susanville, Ca 96130
Plumas National Forest  
Christmas Tree Permit 
150 Lawrence St.
Quincy,  CA 95971  

To mail for a permit, send request to: Plumas National Forest or Almanor Ranger District. Make Checks or money orders (with driver's license number written upon it) (no cash accepted for mail permits) should be made payable to: USDA Forest Service. Those who are at least 18 years old may purchase a permit; they are non-refundable and no more than two permits will be mailed to one address or household.  Mail requests should be received by December 1st.  Mail requests received after December 1st will be returned as the Forest Service will not guarantee that permits will reach their destination prior to December 24th.  Permits may also be purchased directly from local Forest Service offices or participating community business be at least 18 years old to purchase a permit; they are non-refundable and no more than two permits will be mailed to one address or household. 

When purchasing by mail, include the following:  printed name and address to which the permit(s) are to be mailed; daytime telephone and a check or money order for $10 per tree made out to "USDA Forest Service."  Also provide the name of the person who will be signing the permit and cutting the tree.  Be sure a drivers license number is on the check.  Allow at least one week for processing of the request.  Checks with incorrect amounts will be returned to the sender.

To expedite your request, please write "Christmas Tree Permit" on the envelope.

Tree-cutting tips:

Tree cutters are reminded to be prepared for  unpredictable weather changes and colder conditions in higher elevations.  A fun family outing can become miserable and even dangerous with a quick change of weather for the unprepared.  Please plan to cut your tree as soon as possible before the higher elevations are snowbound.  Dress appropriately in warm clothing, shoes or boots, take along water and snacks and be prepared for possible ice and snow on the roads (carry tire chains).

To help keep your tree nice and fresh, cut two inches from the bottom of the tree when you get home and place it in water. Keep your tree watered and in a shady spot until you are ready for it in the house. 

Bring an old tarp to wrap your tree in - then when you drag your tree out of the forest, the tarp protects the tree and helps you avoid breaking branches. The tarp can also help avoid wind damage on the way home.

When driving home, make sure the tree permit tag is visible. The permit needs to be attached to the tree and sealed so that the permit must be cut or the seal broken to be removed. If you plan to transport more than five trees in the same vehicle, a Transportation Permit is required from the Sheriff's office.