Christmas tree permits available at forest offices or online

Custer Gallatin National Forest

Across the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Christmas and holiday tree permits are available at local ranger districts or online through Recreation.gov.

Permits for the 2022 Holiday season are $5 per tree (limit of three). A small transaction fee is associated with the online platform. Fourth graders, through Every Kid Outdoors, can also obtain a free permit through Recreation.gov or at ranger district offices.

“Gathering a holiday tree with friends or family is a long-cherished tradition for many,” said Mary Erickson, Custer Gallatin National Forest supervisor. “It is also a great connection to creating a story and lasting memory or starting a new tradition on your local forest.”

Christmas trees could be in short supply this year, and farmers say the ’09 recession may be to blame.

For online purchase: visit Recreation.gov and search for Custer Gallatin National Forest / Christmas Tree Permit or Get Your Christmas Tree Permit – Recreation.gov; https://www.recreation.gov/tree-permits. Permits are good forest-wide except at cabins, campgrounds, picnic areas, trailheads, wilderness or riparian areas, natural landmarks, active timber sales and areas where trees have been planted for reforestation purposes.

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