Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Umatilla National Forest are now available at all forest offices and at several local businesses. Permits are valid on Federal Forest Service lands only and do not authorize tree cutting on private, state or other federally managed lands.
Permits can be purchased for $5 each and are limited to one per household. Christmas tree permits and forest maps are available during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, at the supervisors office in Pendleton and the four ranger district offices in Ukiah and Heppner, and in Walla Walla and Pomeroy, Wash.
Several local businesses are also set up to sell permits. Those in the area include Ace Hardware in Hermiston and the Heppner Shell Station.