PORTERVILLE, Calif., Nov. 15, 2019 – It’s that time of year, with family and friends gathering to share memories and celebrate the holiday season. What a great time to start a tradition by choosing and felling a Christmas tree in the Sequoia National Forest.


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


Christmas tree permits are free for 4th-grade students who participate in the Every Kid Outdoors Program (EKOP). To receive a free permit, 4th-grade students, or their teachers, need to sign up through the website https://everykidoutdoors.gov then download and print their pass. Students should be accompanied by their parents or guardian with their printed EKOP pass to the Sequoia National Forest Headquarters, Western Divide, or Kern River Ranger Stations to receive a free permit.


A limited supply of free precut EKOP trees will be available at the Forest Headquarters in Porterville and Western Divide Ranger Station in Springville during the dates listed below. Precut EKOP trees will not be available on the Kern River Ranger District.


Sequoia National Forest Headquarters: 559-784-1500

The office is located at - 1839 S. Newcomb St, Porterville

Lobby Open: Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are closed for lunch from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.

General public permits will be available from Monday, Nov. 25 to Friday, Dec. 20.

Free precut EKOP trees will be available from Tuesday, Dec. 3 to Friday, Dec. 20

Oak to Timberline Fire Safe Council


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Funding provided by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council. 


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The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the California Fire Safe Council, U.S. Forest Service or the U.S. Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the California Fire Safe Council or the U.S. Government.