For Immediate Release

Lisa Lawton, Director of Community Relations
(541) 743-8762; (800) 547-5445

Christmas Tree Permits Now Available at the
Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center

Springfield, Ore. - Christmas tree permits are now available for those who wish to venture out into the forest to cut their own evergreen this holiday season.

Personal use Christmas tree cutting permits, for trees in the Willamette National Forest, are available for $5 at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center. The Adventure Center is located at 3312 Gateway St., in Springfield. The center 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.

In addition to carrying a cutting tool and a rope or cord to secure the tree to your vehicle, forest and travel officials recommend carrying traction devices and being advised of winter driving conditions, road closures and sno-park permit requirements. Forest service roads may not be plowed and cell phone coverage can be spotty.

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 and other recreation passes. Maps, brochures and travel guides are available to assist visitors and locals with trip planning in the Lane County region.

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.

Travel Lane County is a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending. In 2013 visitors to Lane County generated more than $575 million in spending for Lane County's economy. Travel Lane County is funded by room tax paid by visitors using area lodging facilities and campgrounds.