General public Christmas tree permits available at select locations

Sequoia National Forest, CA — In support of the Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) program, the Sequoia National Forest is issuing one free Christmas tree permit to fourth-grade students presenting a valid paper voucher or durable EKIP pass. The student must be present to obtain a permit and when cutting a tree under the EKIP program.

Visit www.everykidinapark.gov for information about the program and to obtain a student voucher. Then visit any participating Sequoia National Forest office or ranger station and present the printed voucher in person, along with a parent or guardian to obtain a Christmas tree permit.

Also, general public Christmas tree permits are available for $10, with a limit of one per customer. Maps with directions to cutting areas are available at the time of purchase. Permits must be purchased in person; are not transferable and sold on a first-come, first served basis.

Sequoia National Forest Supervisor’s Office: 559-784-1500
1839 S. Newcomb St, Porterville
Monday – Friday* from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to noon.
Free precut EKIP, and general public Christmas tree permits available Friday, Nov. 23 – Friday, Dec. 21

Western Divide Ranger Station: 559-539-2607
32588 Hwy 190, Springville
Monday – Friday* from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free precut EKIP, and general public Christmas tree permits available Monday, Nov. 26 – Friday, Dec.14
A limited supply of free precut Christmas trees is available for fourth-grade students. Please have someone with you capable of loading your tree to your vehicle, and be sure to bring tie-downs for safe transportation home.

Kern River Ranger Station: 760-376-3781
11380 Kernville Rd, Kernville
Monday – Friday* 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A limit of EKIP (30), and general public (170) Christmas tree permits are available starting Tuesday, Nov. 13. Precut trees are not available at the Kern River Ranger District office.

* Forest Service offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 22, for observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Plan your trip carefully to have a safe day in the woods. Please consider weather and road conditions when planning your route. Always let someone know where you are expecting to travel and when you expect to return. Extra food, water, and warm clothing are a good idea to take during winter travel. Remember, some areas of the Forest do not have cellphone coverage.

Christmas tree harvest is not allowed in developed recreation areas and campsites. Have your Tree Permit Map with you, a Forest Map, and an understanding of your location before cutting.

Cutting a Christmas tree offers a traditional holiday experience while helping to thin the forest of excessive smaller trees, which helps to reduce excess vegetation that can feed a wildland fire, and creates a healthier forest over time. Sequoia National Forest officials wish you a happy and safe holiday.