Bozeman, MT- November 14, 2021– Across the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Christmas and holiday tree permits are available at local respective Ranger Districts or online through Recreation.gov. Permits for the 2022 Holiday season are $5.00/tree (limit 3). 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 staring a new tradition on your local forest.”
Whether obtaining a permit in person at your local Ranger District office or online, the system is designed to be fast and easy as a convenience for the public. 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.
Before heading out for your holiday tree adventures be sure to:
- grab a hard copy map or download a local forest map onto your phone/mobile device,
- know where you are going and consult the Custer Gallatin National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps to know which roads are open seasonally.
- review best practices for cutting your tree, including cutting a low stump as close to the ground as possible, selecting a tree less than 12 feet in length and avoiding “topping” trees. See restrictions and helpful cutting tips online by scanning the QR code:
- check your local weather and be properly prepared as winter-like weather conditions can change rapidly, as can driving conditions.
Enjoy your holiday tree gathering trip. This time-honored tradition benefits general forest health by removing smaller trees from the forest promoting growth in larger trees and benefiting wildlife by creating increased openings for forage. While out recreating, always be respectful of others and pack out any trash. We thank you for caring for your National Forest and Recreating Responsibly! If you have further questions, please go to www.recreation.gov, call (877) 444-6777 or contact your local district office. General Forest information is available at: www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin.
Graphics/Pictures Courtesy of USDA Forest Service. Family picking out a Christmas Tree, Low stumping as close to the ground as possible, Hauling out your Christmas Tree can be a great family memory year after year.
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