Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase at Mendocino National Forest offices starting Tuesday, Nov. 1 and continuing until Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Permits sell for $10.00 each with a limit of one permit per household. The number of permits is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits are good for this year only and trees can be cut and removed any day of the week through December 24. All offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 24, but will be open on Friday, Nov. 25.
As part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, all fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit upon presenting a valid fourth grade pass. The pass allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full year. To obtain a free Christmas tree permit, the fourth grader must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and present their fourth grade pass or paper voucher. For more information about this initiative and how to obtain a fourth grade pass, please visit www.everykidinapark.gov.
Christmas tree permits will be available at the following:
Mendocino National Forest Supervisor's Office/Grindstone Ranger District Office 825 N. Humboldt Ave., Willows, CA 95988; (530) 934-3316; Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Stonyford Work Center 5171 Stonyford-Elk Creek Road, Stonyford, CA, 95979; (530) 963-3128; Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Covelo Ranger Station 78150 Covelo Road, Covelo, CA 95428; (707) 983-6118; Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Upper Lake Ranger Station 10025 Elk Mountain Road, Upper Lake, CA 95485; (707) 275-2361; Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4:30 p.m.
Paskenta Work Station 13280 Paskenta Road, Paskenta, CA 96074; 530-833-5544; Hours: Saturday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 ONLY 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Permits may also be available from the following vendors; please call ahead to check:
Sacramento River Discovery Center – Red Bluff; (530) 524-1196; Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.
Hi-Way Grocery – Upper Lake; (707) 275-2380; Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
M&M Feed and Supply – Covelo; (707) 983-6273; Monday – Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Keith’s Family Foods – Covelo; (707) 983-6633; Sunday – Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Individuals may also purchase a permit by mail. Mail-in requests received after December 14 will not be filled. The Mail Order Form is posted on the forest website: http://tinyurl.com/h8x4hwd.
Christmas tree cutting in the National Forest is managed as a recreational experience. It is a chance to take the family out into the woods and cut a tree the old-fashioned way. For more information, including tree cutting tips, please see the forest website http://tinyurl.com/h5o8h3h or call 530-934-3316.