UTAH CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY TREE PERMITS

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2021 Season

As of Nov. 1, 2021, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began offering non-commercial holiday tree permits to cut pinyon pine, juniper, and fir trees in Utah. 

Each year, thousands of people find their Christmas and holiday trees on public lands. Permits are available for purchase during regular business hours, excluding federal holidays. Visit the Utah Operations page or contact your local BLM office to find updates regarding office hours of operation or to find out whether you can get your permit in person, over the phone, or via email. Permittees will be provided with maps and directions. The BLM accepts all major credit cards, cash, and checks in person. Credit or debit cards are required to purchase permits online. Permits are valid on BLM-managed public lands. 

 

Online Forest Product Permits

Holiday tree permits are now available for purchase online through the Bureau of Land Management website. To start the process on the Online Forest Product Permits page, visitors should select the 'UT' state icon on the map. 

Buy a Permit

 

Safety Tips

BLM Utah would like to remind visitors to please be respectful and follow guidelines to ensure this tradition continues for future generations.

  • Stay on designated roads and respect private land. Some tree cutting areas may be inaccessible after snowfall – early season cutting is advisable.
  • Be prepared! Tree-cutters traveling through Utah’s public lands should be prepared for poor road conditions or inclement weather. Make sure you have everything you need for an outdoor venture including warm clothes, food, water, and safety equipment.
  • Let someone know where you’ll be going and when you plan to return. If you get stranded, call for help, and stay with your group and vehicle until help arrives.
  • Please dispose of trees properly. Consider composting or using the tree as firewood, if those are options available to you. 
  • Keep in mind that hunting seasons are usually open during these times, so wearing bright colors is advisable. 

 

Local BLM Offices

Learn more about holiday tree permit fees, number of permits allowed, maps and other helpful resources for your local BLM office. 

Canyon Country District

Price: $10

Max Number of Permits: 2 permits per household

The Canyon Country District has designated areas for harvesting Christmas trees and a map will be provided with your permit. For information about tree-cutting permits on nearby lands managed by the US Forest Service, please contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest Moab Ranger District at (435) 259-7155.

Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532
For more information: Visit the Online Forest Product Permits page or call (435) 259-2100. Moab Field Office sells wood and tree permits on Mondays and Fridays.
Type: Pinyon Pine
 
Monticello Field Office
365 North Main
Monticello, UT 84535 
For more information: Visit the Online Forest Product Permits page or call (435) 587-1500.
Type: Pinyon Pine and Juniper

Color Country District

Price: $10

Max Number of Permits: 2 permits per household

Cedar City Field Office 
176 East D.L. Sargent Drive
Cedar City, UT 84721
For more information: Visit the Online Forest Product Permits page, call (435) 865-3000, or email blm_ut_cedar_city@blm.gov.
Type: Juniper, Pinyon Pine, and White Fir 

Henry Mountains Field Office
380 South 100 West
Hanksville, UT 84734
For more information: Visit the Online Forest Product Permits page, call (435) 896-1500, or email utrfmail@blm.gov.
Type: Pinyon Pine and Juniper

Richfield Field Office
150 East 900 North
Richfield, UT 84701
For more information: Visit the Online Forest Product Permits page, call (435) 896-1500, or email utrfmail@blm.gov.
Type: Pinyon Pine and Juniper

St. George Field Office
For more information: Visit the Online Forest Product Permits page, call (435) 865-3000, or email blm_ut_cedar_city@blm.gov.
Type: Pinyon Pine and Juniper

Green River District

Price: $10

Max Number of Permits: 5 permits per household

Price Field Office 
125 South 600 West
Price, UT 84501
For more information: Visit the Online Forest Product Permits page, call (435) 636-3600, or email utprmail@blm.gov.
Type: Pinyon Pine and Juniper

Max Number of Permits: 1 permit per household

Vernal Field Office 
170 South 500 East
Vernal, UT 84078
For more information: Visit the Online Forest Product Permits page, call (435) 781-4400, or email utvnmail@blm.gov.
Type: Pinyon Pine and Juniper

Paria River District

Price: $10

Max Number of Permits: 2 permits per household

Paria River District Office
669 South Highway 89 A 
Kanab, UT 84741
For more information: Visit the Online Forest Product Permits page, call (435) 644-1200, or email utknmail@blm.gov.
Type: Pinyon Pine and Juniper

West Desert District

Price: $10

Max Number of Permits: 2 permits per household

The Salt Lake Field Office also sells tree cutting permits for the Fillmore Field Office and BLM-managed lands in Elko County. Tree permits for Elko are $4 each with a limit of 10 per household. 

Salt Lake Field Office
2370 S. Decker Lake Blvd.
West Valley, UT 84119
For more information: Visit the Online Forest Product Permits page, call (801) 977-4300, or email utslmail@blm.gov.

Salt Lake Field Office allows the cutting of pinyon or juniper for Christmas trees on all BLM-managed public lands within the field-office boundary with some restrictions (e.g., recreation sites, campgrounds, wilderness). View the Tree Cutting Stipulations with your permit for a complete list of restricted locations. 

Type: Pinyon Pine and Juniper

 

Max Number of Permits: 3 permits per household

Fillmore Field Office 
95 East 500 North
Fillmore, UT 84631
For more information: Visit the Online Forest Product Permits page, call (435) 743-3100, or email utfmmail@blm.gov.
Type: Pinyon Pine and Juniper

All BLM-managed lands in Juab and Millard County are open to Christmas tree cutting, with proof of permit. 

Tree Cutting Tips

  • Carry your tree carefully. Dragging the tree will rub off needles and bark. 
  • If the tree is too big to transport inside of your vehicle, wrap it in canvas to prevent wind damage. 
  • Once home, cut the bottom of the trunk off and place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket of water. Replenish water. 
  • If storing your tree outside for a few days before putting it in the house, keep it in an area protected from the wind, such as the north or east side of your house or under a shaded tree.
  • Tools you might want to consider bringing with you include a measuring tape to ensure you select a tree that fits in your home; handsaw to cut your tree; gloves to protect your hands; boots to protect your feet; a tarp to sit on and/or to move your tree once it's cut; and rope or straps to secure your tree to your vehicle.
  • Choose a tree from a dense forested area, which will give the remaining trees more space to grow.
  • Cut the leftover branches from the stump and scatter them.

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