National Forest Christmas Tree Permits Are Online
All the national forests have moved their Christmas Tree cutting permits to one website this season. Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the permit is needed if you plan to cut a tree on the forest land, but now the sales have moved online to make it easier for the public and to reduce person-to-person contact during the COVID-19 pandemic. The permits are free and can still be obtained by mail or by visiting the Bitterroot National Forest offices. Call ahead and see if they have their permit pick-up area ready to go, which will be outside the office. Permits will not be sold at local businesses this year.
At www.Recreation.gov you will be asked to select a national forest - in this case it's Bitterroot National Forest and go through the steps to get a permit. There is a $2.50 transaction fee, so you'll need to register with the site.
The permit is good for up to three trees. You need to display your permit on the dashboard of your vehicle as you're out hunting for that perfect tree.
Christmas Tree tips:
Commercial permits for trees or boughs are available at the Darby.Sula Ranger District at (40) 821-3913. The other offices for personal permits are: Stevensville Ranger District at 777-5461, West Fork Ranger District at 821-3269 or Bitterroot National Forest Hamilton office at 363-7100. You can get the latest information on their Facebook page, too.