PENDLETON, Oreg.- Thousands of families are out getting their Christmas trees this weekend, and now, they have one more fun option.

The Umatilla National Forest is now open to anyone with a permit to cut down a Christmas tree.

All you need to do is get a $5 permit.  There are some rules though.

You can't cut anything more than 14 feet tall, and you have to be at least 50 feet from the road.

Topping trees is also against the law, and make sure you're not on private property that borders the forest.

For the best pickings, try and get out before the weather goes south.

"The earlier you go out, the less snow that you're going to have to deal with.  Sometimes when you get out there there's so much snow on the ground that you'll have to dig out the trees to get to the trunk," said Joani Bosworth, a spokesperson with the Umatilla National Forest.

If you want to get out there and cut your own tree in the forest, make sure you have a permit. It's a $425 fine if you don't.

Here's a list of locations where you can get a permit:


Athena: PGG

Dale: Dale Store

Elgin: S&W Hardware

Heppner: Heppner Shell, MCGG- Green Feed

Hermiston: Ace Hardware

Milton-Freewater: PGG

Pendleton: Southgate Mini-Mart

Pilot Rock: Mentzer and Elliott

Spray: Lazy Wolf Resort

State Highway 204: Tollgate Store

Ukiah: Granny's Store, Rhode's Store



Clarkston: Hells Canyon NRA Office, Schurman's True Value

Dayton: Conoco General Store

Kennewick: Farmer's Exchange

Pasco: Columbia Grange and Feed

Pomeroy: PF Express, Pomeroy Foods, The Last Resort



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