CHRISTMAS TREE Permits will be Authorized 21 November through 21 December.

Cutting of Christmas Trees will be allowed through 29 December 2018

Requests will not be received before 19 November 2018

Click HERE for a Printable Christmas Tree Cutting program Flyer

To harvest a Christmas tree:

  • On JBER-Elmendorf you must have a DoD ID card or be DoD ID card sponsored. You must have an iSportsman recreational permit AND must be signed into the correct Recreation Area in iSportsman. Family members and guests are not required to have a separate permit when accompanying permittee for tree cutting.

  • On JBER Richardson’s training areas, you must be registered in DBIDS and have an iSportsman recreation permit.

All Christmas tree  harvests must be documented when signing out in iSportsman. This helps JBER manage its natural resources effectively and build a better recreation program for YOU!

All Christmas Tree permits expire 29 December 2018.

No new Christmas tree harvest requests will be authorized after December 21st, 2018. Permits already authorized may be harvested through 29 December 2018.

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IMPORTANT: Authorization to cut a Christmas tree is Required and allowed only in DESIGNATED AREAS 

In order to authorize Christmas Tree Cutting:

You must first register in iSportsman and purchase a Recreation Permit. Only the person requesting the Christmas Tree Permit is required to have an iSportsman Permit. All accompanying guests are required to stay with the permitted recreator.

Contact Charlene Johnson at charlene.johnson.3@us.af.mil ON/AFTER NOVEMBER 19 and provide your full name, iSportsman Recreation Permit number, and preferred email address. Requests before this date will not be accepted.

Authorizations are completed during normal business hours and may take 1 to 2 days to complete. Authorizations are not completed on weekends. You will receive an email confirmation when your authorization has been completed. 

Email charlene.johnson.3@us.af.mil for assistance.

Christmas Tree authorizations will not be issued after December 21st, 2017

Once your permit has been activated:

  • You must Sign-In/Sign-Out for wood cutting, just like any other recreational activity on base.

  • NOTE – When attempting to Sign-In, you will only be allowed to Sign-In to training areas that are currently open; if you don’t see your preferred training area on the sign-in page, it is NOT available.

  • Upon Signing-Out from iSportsman, you must indicate whether you collected a Christmas tree that day (See below Sign-out instruction).

Christmas trees obtained from JBER may not be resold or bartered.

To Protect Our Troops and the Natural Environment they Train in:

  • No trees taller than 20 feet may be cut (trees less than 6 inches DBH)
  • Stumps must be cut to within 6 inches of the ground.
  • Unused branches must  be chopped and scattered.
  • Inspect the trunk of your tree before you cut it.
    • Make sure that it is free of damage from insects and appears healthy and green.
    • Removing the tops of larger trees to use as a Christmas Tree may increase the risk of spreading dormant spruce bark beetles and is  hazardous and unhealthy to our forests!
  • Dispose of used Christmas Trees only in authorized areas! Do not dump dead trees back into the forest or training areas.

Christmas tree cutting will take place only in designated areas on the maps below.

  • The person whose name appears on the permit must be present at the time of harvest.
  • Do not block vehicle access routes, trails, or roads.
  • Use precautions using your chainsaw to prevent spills of gasoline and oil. All litter must be removed from the site.

Christmas Trees may only be harvested from authorized areas. Click on the map links below for the designated areas:


​*Areas and Maps will be posted in November*

Overview Map of Christmas Tree Cutting Areas

Richardson Cantonment Christmas Tree Cutting Area- DOD ID CARD HOLDERS (and their guests) ONLY

Richardson Training Area Christmas Tree Cutting Area (Open to the Public)​


**Failure to follow these instructions may lead to loss of wood cutting privileges**


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