Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest providing Christmas tree permits

INDEPENDENT RECORD

Forest Service offices and districts in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest will once again be providing Christmas tree permits, which can be obtained online or at local ranger districts through Dec. 31.

Permits are $5 per tree and a permit allows an individual to cut up to three trees. Permits are good throughout the forest 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.

Permits can be purchased online or in person at Forest Service offices in Helena, Great Falls (including the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center), Lincoln, Townsend, Stanford, Harlowton, Choteau, Augusta, White Sulphur Springs or Neihart.

To purchase online, visit: www.recreation.gov to get started and search for “Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Christmas Tree Permit.”

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Fourth-graders, through Every Kid Outdoors, can also obtain a free permit through Recreation.gov or at district offices.

“The Christmas tree permit provides local communities a fun way to create adventures and family traditions on their local forest,” Forest Supervisor Emily Platt said in an email. “For safety, we advise folks to ensure they

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