No Christmas Tree Permits In National Forest

Cutting Christmas Trees on the San Bernardino National Forest is not allowed, according to the U.S. Forest Service website. (File Photo)

San Bernardino, CA – No permits will be issued for cutting Christmas trees in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The 2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

The  U. S. Forest Service website indicates “Christmas tree farms and lots are a viable industry in Southern California and opening the forest to Christmas tree cutting could have a negative impact on the industry.

Because of this and other issues,” the site reports, “our policy is to not provide this opportunity on the San Bernardino National Forest at this time.


In 1995, a 65-foot White Fir from the San Bernardino National Forest was selected to be the Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. Since 1970,  national forests have helped provide the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

In 2011, the “People’s Tree” came from Stanislaus National Forest. It was a 65-foot Sierra White Fir.

This year, a Spruce tree from the White River National Forest in Meeker, Colorado was cut November 2 and began the 5,000-mile journey to Washington, D.C. Once it is decorated and lit, it will illuminate the front of the Capitol from dusk until 11 p.m. daily through January 1, 2013.


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