How to get your tree from the Hiawatha National Forest

As the holiday season approaches, if you are looking for the perfect weekend family activity, the Hiawatha National Forest would like to suggest Holiday tree gathering. Permits are available online at recreation. gov for the holiday season, just $5 a piece plus a $2.50 service fee. Purchase information and details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut can be found at: www.recreation. gov/tree-permits/hiawatha.

“For generations, families have created lasting memories on the Hiawatha National Forest,” said Mary Moore, Forest Supervisor, Hiawatha National Forest. “This tradition continues to grow in popularity. For families seeking new traditions, the joy of hiking through the Forest in search of the perfect holiday centerpiece can be a thrilling experience.”

For your convenience, last year the Forest Service moved permit sales to Recreation. gov, providing an alternative to visiting offices. Online purchase of your seasonal tree permit is highly encouraged and can be a great way to easily get your permit at your own convenience and plan your family’s day outside.

To purchase a tree permit, either set up or login to a account. Next, visit this page: www.recreation. gov/tree-permits/hiawatha. It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Select the type and number of holiday tree permits desired.

There is a three permit maximum per family. (If a family member has a Every Kid Outdoors pass, enter the voucher or pass number in the appropriate box. Visit Every Kid Outdoors for details. This pass grants one free tree.) Once the transaction is complete, you can download/print the permit. Downloadable/printable cutting area maps for both the east and west zone of the Hiawatha National Forest are also available for your convenience.

Cutting your holiday tree on the National Forest improves forest health by helping to thin densely populated stands of small-diameter trees, allowing for more room for larger trees in the area and providing wildlife openings. Any questions you can call our offices. If you have additional questions, contact our local offices for more info: contactus/hiawatha/about-forest/contactus.