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Lolo National Forest Christmas tree permits available

by Clark Fork Valley Press
| November 24, 2021 12:00 AM

The holiday season is quickly approaching and Christmas tree permits are now available online or for pick-up at Lolo National Forest office locations.

“Finding and cutting a Lolo National Forest Christmas tree is a long-standing tradition and a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends on National Forest lands,” said Kate Jerman, Lolo National Forest spokesperson. “This year we are offering permits online through www.Recreation.gov or by outdoor pick-up at office locations for public convenience.”

How to obtain a Christmas tree permit:

• Online at www.Recreation.gov: Visit Recreation.gov and search for “Lolo National Forest Christmas Tree Permits.” It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit for a transaction fee of $2.50.

Users will need to set up a Recreation.gov account to complete the process.

• Visit a Ranger Station: All Lolo National Forest Offices will offer FREE Christmas tree permits, maps, and cutting information available for pick-up outside office doors.

Please call ahead so staff can ensure permits are ready for collection.

Up to three Christmas tree permits are allowed per family. Please display your permit on the dashboard of your vehicle when harvesting the tree(s).

Permits are good for all National Forests in Montana.

Cutting a Christmas tree also improves forest health and helps to thin densely populated stands of small-diameter trees.

Removing these trees in designated areas helps other trees grow larger and can open areas to provide forage for wildlife.

Please observe the following regulations when selecting and harvesting your National Forest Christmas tree:

• Do not cut trees from plantations or within developed recreation areas, campgrounds, or the following areas: Blue Mountain Recreation Area or the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area.

• Do not leave branches on the stump and trim the stump to no more than five inches above the soil.

• Do not cut the tops off trees and do not cut down trees taller than 12 feet.

• Do not cut trees within 150 feet of riparian areas (creeks or streams) or within Wilderness Areas.

For more information visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/lolo, visit www.Recreation.gov, or follow the Lolo National Forest on Facebook.