Growing up in Montana I remember the first week of December being dedicated to heading out into the woods and selecting our own Christmas tree, cutting it down, and taking it home. Looking back I really didn’t appreciate all the effort my parents put into creating “quality family time”, but now I truly know how blessed we are to live in a state where we have enough open space and forested land that we can enjoy this tradition. The “quality family time” may have included minor frostbite, sap stains, and misjudgment of the height of our living room, so I put together some of the things I learned over the years to make your tree harvest easier:
Be sure to check regulations, some public lands have restrictions, such as the Helena National Forest:
For more information, call 449-5201 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r1/helena.
Good luck and happy hunting!
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