November 14, 2017 4:00 a.m.
Christmas tree permits are on sale through December 22nd at all offices of the Umpqua National Forest.
Cheryl Caplan of the Forest Service says that permits are available at offices in Roseburg, Glide, Tiller, Toketee and Cottage Grove from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Caplan says that weather permitting the North Umpqua Ranger Station in Glide will be open the weekends of November 25 and 26, December 2 and 3, and again December 9 and 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tree permits are also available at a number of local vendors as well.
Caplan says that the permits are for personal use only and cost $5 per tree. There is a limit of five tree permits per household. Permits can only be used on lands open to Christmas tree harvesting on the Umpqua National Forest. Maps identifying those areas will be provided when a permit is purchased.
As part of the national “Every Kid in a Park” program, fourth graders who get their free pass to access thousands of fee sites across the country may also bring that pass into their local Forest Service office and receive one tree permit, free of charge. To get fourth graders their own “Every Kid in a Park” pass go to www.everykidinapaark.gov. The child holding the pass must be present in order to get a free tree permit.
Forest visitors are advised to be prepared for adverse weather and winter road conditions when heading out to the woods. Pack warm clothing, a winter survival kit and be sure to start the trip with a full tank of gas. Watch for log trucks on forest roads and be sure to tell someone where you are going and your expected return time.
For more information and the list of local vendors that have tree permits, call the Umpqua National Forest Supervisors office at 957-3200.