If your Christmas spirit gets a boost from going to the woods to cut your own Christmas tree, then the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management can help out.
With a permit, you can cut a Christmas tree in all the national forests in Montana and on public lands served by BLM's Missoula, Dillon, and Butte field offices.
Forest Service offices selling permits in Southwest Montana are located in Deer Lodge, Philipsburg, Butte, Whitehall, Dillon, Wisdom, Wise River, Sheridan, and Ennis.
Christmas tree-cutting permits are $5, and each family may purchase up to three permits. Cutting trees without a permit is subject to a citation and fine.
Tree cutting is not allowed in wilderness areas or in BLM-administered wilderness study areas.
When you purchase a permit, you will also receive a helpful information sheet that gives advice on how to best cut and care for your Christmas tree.
Forest Service and BLM offices are open weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The following locations also sell permits:
· Anaconda: Hardware Hank
· Boulder: Ace Hardware Store
· Ennis: True Value Hardware
· Harrison: Wheat and Thistle
· Sheridan: McLeod Mercantile
· Butte: Bob Ward and Sons Sporting Goods
· Lima: Ralph’s Exxon
· Whitehall: Ace Hardware Store
· Deer Lodge: I-90 Truck Plaza
· Drummond: Fic’s Conoco
You may also buy permits by mail. Send a check for $5 to the nearest Forest Service office (make the check out to "USDA Forest Service") or to the nearest BLM office (make the check out to "USDI Bureau of Land Management"). Be sure to include your name and address .
For more information contact the Forest Service at (406) 683-3900, or the BLM at (406) 533-7600
· Christmas Tree Permits are now available for purchase.
· Permits are $5 each with a limit of three per family.
· Permits may be purchased at Forest Service and BLM offices as well as vendors listed above.
· Permits may be purchased by mail.
· Go prepared for weather changes and road condition when cutting your tree.
Below are the addresses of the Forest Service and BLM Offices in southwest Montana.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest:
Dillon—420 Barrett Street, Dillon, MT 59725, (406) 683-3900
Butte—1820 Meadowlark, Butte, MT 59701, (406) 494-2147
Whitehall—3 Whitetail Road, Whitehall, MT 59759, (406) 287-3223
Ennis—5 Forest Service Road, Ennis, MT 59729, (406) 682-4253
Philipburg—88 Business Loop, Philipburg, MT 59858, (406) 859-3211
Deerlodge—Grant Kohrs National Historic Site , (406) 846-1770
Wise River—PO Box 100, Wise River, MT 59762, (406) 832-3178
Wisdom—PO Box 238, Wisdom, MT 59761, (406) 689-3243
Sheridan—125 Mill Street, Sheridan, MT 59749, (406) 842-5432
Missoula—3255 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula MT 59804, (406) 329-3914
Butte—106 North Parkmont, Butte MT 59701, (406) 533-7600
Dillon—1005 Selway Drive, Dillon, MT 59725, (406) 683-8000