Christmas Tree Cutting
Heading out to find the perfect Christmas tree is a cherished tradition for many Alberta families.
You can cut your own Christmas tree on provincial Crown land with a permit from Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do I need a permit to cut down a Christmas Tree?
A: YES, a TM66 Tree Cutting Permit from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is required to harvest a Christmas tree on provincial Crown land.
Q: Where do I buy a Christmas Tree Permit?
A: Permits can be purchased online, or at certain government office locations. The Town office does not sell Christmas tree permits. The nearest offices are are in Lethbridge and Pincher Creek.
Q: Can I cut down a Christmas Tree from the Poll Haven Community Pasture?
A: YES, but before you go, you are required to advise the President of the Grazing Association, Neil Leishman (653-1740), that you have a TM66 permit and that you are accessing the community pasture to harvest a Christmas tree.
*From Alberta Environment and Parks [link]:
General Conditions for Cutting Christmas Trees
- Keep your permit with you at all times while cutting and transporting trees. Fill in the back of the permit after obtaining your Christmas tree(s).
- You may cut up to 3 Christmas trees on a single permit.
- Drive vehicles on designated trails only and on highlighted roads, per maps. You can walk as far as you would like to cut as long as you do not cross into restricted areas (see Restrictions, below).
- Road conditions are variable. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended.
- As of December 1, some roads are gated.
Restrictions on Cutting Christmas Trees
Do not remove trees from:
- Facilities such as ranger stations, viewpoints and turnouts
- Jumping Pound Demonstration Forest Area
- Reclaimed sites:
- Areas around intentionally placed rocks
- Large grassy areas (reclaimed sand and gravel sites)
- Previously harvested sites that have been reforested
- Very steep slopes where the trees are helping to keep the soil in place
- Recreation areas, campgrounds, provincial parks, natural areas, or private land
Useful Reminders when Cutting Christmas Trees
- Always let someone know where you are going and the time you are expecting to return home.
- Be prepared for cold weather and snow conditions.
- Don't forget your saw or hatchet.
- Take extra winter clothing and emergency supplies with you, including blankets, food and water, and candles.
- Respect the land, respect other users and pack out all trash.
- Enjoy your Christmas tree outing!
Buying a Christmas Tree Cutting Permit
To cut your own Christmas Tree on Provincial Crown land, you require a TM66 Forest Product Tag. To learn more about how to purchase this permit, see:
TM66 permits can be purchased from participating ESRD offices and local private vendors. For details, see: