The Shasta-Trinity National Forest has begun selling Christmas tree permits.

For many local families, the search for and selection of your own Christmas tree in the forest is a wonderful experience and tradition to begin the holiday season. Purchasing your tree permit early helps you avoid the long purchase lines found during the busy Thanksgiving holiday week.

Fourth graders who participate in the Every Kid Outdoors program are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit. The Every Kid Outdoors program introduces fourth graders to the public lands in their own backyards and beyond. To receive a free Christmas tree permit, fourth graders with their parents’ help need to visit the website www.everykidoutdoors.gov and follow the steps to obtain their pass. Once complete, they can download and print their pass. Teachers may also visit the website to download lesson plans to complete with their fourth-grade students and print passes for them. Fourth graders must then accompany their parents to any Shasta-Trinity National Forest office in order to receive their free Christmas tree permit.

Permits may also be purchased through the mail by sending in the Christmas Tree Permit Application found on the forest website www.fs.usda.gov/stnf and payment to the Forest Headquarters Office in Redding. If mailing your application, please allow plenty of time for permit processing and holiday mail delivery delays.

Each permit costs $10 and there is a limit of one tree per household and they are valid through Dec. 25.

The preferred method of payment for the permit is a credit card, or check made out to: USDA Forest Service.

Unless noted below, all offices should be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to purchase your permit. In observance of Veterans Day and Thanksgiving federal holidays, all offices will be closed Nov. 11 and 28.

Weaverville Ranger Station

    360 West Main St., Weaverville

    530-623-2121

Hayfork Ranger Station

    111 Trinity St., Hayfork

    530-628-5227

Harrison Gulch Ranger Station

    2555 Highway 36, Platina

    530-352-4211 — Call ahead for office hours.

    (Office closed for the season beginning Dec. 23)

Shasta-Trinity National Forest Headquarters

    3644 Avtech Parkway, Redding

    (530-226-2500

    (Additional hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 & 30, Dec. 7)

Mt. Shasta Ranger Station

    204 West Alma, Mt Shasta

    530-926-4511

McCloud Ranger Station

    2019 Forest Road, McCloud

    530-964-2184

 Shasta Lake Ranger Station

    14255 HolidayRoad

    Mountain Gate

    530-275-1587

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