Permits available to cut national forest Christmas trees

Permits for U-cut Christmas trees are available at offices around the Olympic Peninsula. Permits are $5 each (cash or check) and may be purchased in Olympia, Hoodsport, Quilcene, Quinault and Forks or by mail through all except the Hoodsport Information Center. One tree is allowed per household and permits are valid only in specified areas. Maps and information about cutting areas will be provided with each permit.

"This is a great excuse for a family outing," said forest supervisor Dale Hom, "and I can't think of a better way to begin the holiday season than to visit the forest in search of a Christmas tree."

According to Hom, Douglas-fir is the most abundant and popular Christmas tree species found in the forest. Pacific silver fir may be found along ridge tops at higher elevations but accessibility depends on snow and road conditions.

Forest officials offer these suggestions for a safe and enjoyable outing: Bring a map and arrive at your cutting area early in the day; avoid driving unfamiliar forest roads in the dark. Contact district offices for road and weather information but be prepared for changing conditions. Sudden snowfall can block forest roads. Let a friend or relative know your travel plans in case you need help. Be equipped for winter travel with tire chains, a shovel and extra warm clothing. Bring extra food and water. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended.

Christmas tree permits are available at the following locations during the hours listed. Forest Service offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Contact the specific office before traveling to determine any schedule changes.

Mail orders are accepted at the Olympia, Quilcene, Quinault and Forks offices. Enclose a $5 check or money order for each permit, made out to USDA Forest Service. Allow about 10 days for processing.

Forest Headquarters

1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW

Olympia, WA 98512-5623


Weekdays: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene Office,

1/4 mile south of Quilcene on U.S. Highway 101

P.O. Box 280

Quilcene, WA 98376


Weekdays: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday beginning Nov. 28: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hoodsport Visitor Information Center,

one block west of U.S. Highway 101 on Highway 119

150 N. Lake Cushman Road

Hoodsport, WA


Weekdays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pacific Ranger District, Recreation Information Center

551 S. Forks Ave.

Forks, WA 98331


Friday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-

4 p.m.

Quinault Office

353 South Shore Road, two miles from U.S. Highway 101

P.O. Box 9

Quinault, WA 98575


Weekdays: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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