Eugene, Ore. - The holidays are nearly here! For anyone wishing to explore the Willamette National Forest to forage their own evergreen this season, the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center is offering an easy route.

Personal use Christmas tree cutting permits, for trees in the Willamette National Forest, are now available for $5 at the Adventure Center. The Adventure Center is located at 3312 Gateway St., in Springfield, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Permit holders may cut one tree, up to 12-feet tall, on designated areas of forest service land. A maximum of five permits per household are available.

When heading out into the forest, officials also recommend carrying a forest map, dressing warmly, bringing along water and snacks, and starting your tree search early in the day to ensure that you're out of the forest before dark.

The Adventure Center also sells sno-park permits, holiday gifts, ornaments and other recreation passes. Maps, brochures and travel guides are available for free to assist visitors and locals with trip planning in the Lane County region. Patrons can also find daily deals at the Adventure Center at the Adventure Center Deals page.

Christmas tree hunters are invited to share their tree adventures with Travel Lane County by using the hashtag #RealOregon. Those images may be shared on Travel Lane County's social media channels with credit given to the photographer.

About Travel Lane County:
Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $609.9 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2014.