Superior National Forest holiday tree and wreath cuttingThe Superior National Forest is offering a unique experience for families who like to cut down their own holiday trees and wreaths.
The Superior National Forest is offering a unique experience for families who like to cut down their own holiday trees and wreaths.
Holiday tree permits
Stop by any of our Forest Service offices to obtain a permit for a Christmas tree. A permit to cut one Christmas tree from the Superior National Forest costs $5. Two permits are allowed per household per year.
Balsam boughs permits
To obtain a permit for bough gathering, contact the Forest Service office closest to the area where you plan to collect. A “personal use” permit for gathering balsam boughs on the Superior National Forest allows for enough boughs to make approximately five door-size wreaths and costs $20. If you plan to harvest a large amount of boughs, a commercial permit must be purchased.
Make sure you are on national forest lands and in the right place. Parcels of state, county, tribal, and private lands are intermixed with national forest lands within the Superior National Forest boundary. The cutting of trees and boughs is not allowed inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, plantations, recreation areas, or administrative sites. Visitor maps of the forest which show land ownership are available at all Forest offices and online. Permits and maps may also be obtained by mail.
Make your tree-cutting outing a safe and enjoyable experience by following these tips:
For more information, visit the Superior National Forest web site: www.fs.usda.gov/superior