PENDLETON — Christmas tree permits for the Umatilla National Forest are now available to purchase at U.S. Forest Service offices, local businesses, and online through Recreation.gov.

Christmas tree permits purchased online must be printed to be valid and can be used only on the national forest specified on the permit.

Christmas tree permits cost $5 each and are limited to one per household. An additional $2.50 fee will be charged for permits purchased through Recreation.gov.

Christmas tree permits may be purchased in person through Umatilla National Forest offices and at certain local businesses. Union County businesses selling Umatilla National Forest Christmas tree permits include Elgin Food Town.

All Umatilla National Forest offices are offering virtual services to the public. Individuals interested in purchasing a Christmas tree permit from a national forest office directly may call any national forest office or send an email to r6_umatilla_public_inquiries@fs.fed.us. A U.S. Forest Service employee will assist individuals with procedures to receive the Christmas tree permit in the mail upon receipt of payment.

Christmas tree permits are valid on National Forest System lands and do not authorize tree cutting on private, state or other federally managed lands.

As part of the national Every Kid Outdoors initiative, all fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit from their local national forest. For students to receive a free tree permit, they must present a valid paper voucher printed from the Every Kid Outdoors website. Visit https://everykidoutdoors.gov/ and follow instructions to obtain and print the paper voucher.

For more information about purchasing a permit and gathering a Christmas tree, go to www.recreation.gov and search for Umatilla National Forest.

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