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Want To Cut Your Own Tree This Christmas?

Published: November 15, 2017

Celebrate the holiday season like local by chopping down your own Christmas tree!

The holidays are coming and you want to switch-up your annual routine. Maybe you are looking for an adventurous date or a fun group activity? Try chopping down your own Christmas tree this year. This is a challenging yet rewarding day-trip that you can do with the whole family.

Things you will need to prepare for a Christmas Tree Adventure

  • Christmas tree permit - only $5! 
  • A vehicle that can carry your glorious hand-picked tree 
  • Something to strap-up your tree to your vehicle 
  • A tool to chop down your tree - a saw should do the trick 
  • A Christmas tree harvest map - available at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center 
  • Enthusiasm and a good work ethic 
  • Layers - it's cooler in the mountains and there might even be snow 

How-to Christmas Tree Hunt 

Venture into nearby national forest lands to hunt for your perfect tree. Try the Willamette National Forest, Umpqua National Forest or Siuslaw National Forest in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. 

Before heading out, stop by the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center to pick up a Christmas tree permit and map. The $5 permit allows for the removal of one tree less than 12 feet tall on National Forest Land. Five tree permits are allowed per household. 

Need inspiration? Watch the video below of some of our past staff members chopping down their very own Christmas tree. Happy Tree Hunting! 

Please note the following tree cutting restrictions (from the USDA Forest Service September 2015):

The following restrictions are designed to maintain scenic quality, prevent erosion and protect our resources. 

  • Christmas tree cutting is prohibited within 50 feet of trails and paved roads, within 300 feet of campgrounds, and within 100 feet of streams. 
  • No cutting is allowed in fenced plantations. 
  • Please do not cut in areas which are posted, "Christmas Tree Cutting Prohibited"
  • Please keep all debris at least 50 feet from roadways.
  • Five-needle pines, sugar and white pines are protected. Please do not cut any of these.

Prefer a Christmas Tree Farm? Head over to Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm for both pre-cut and u-cut tree options.

Author: Bri Matthews

Bri Matthews is a Virginia-native, but has pursued her thirst for adventure and travel by living and studying all over the world, from South Carolina to New Zealand. After finishing her degree in Tourism Management and Geography at the University of South Carolina, she and her boyfriend re-located to the Pacific Northwest to align their passions and values with their environment. Bri is a culinary enthusiast and an environmentalist. Find her outside hiking, at home cooking fresh local foods or, out trying Eugene’s latest and greatest craft brews and wines.

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