'Tis the season: Christmas tree cutting time is here

2013-11-13T15:52:00Z 2013-11-13T15:55:46Z 'Tis the season: Christmas tree cutting time is here Montana Standard
November 13, 2013 3:52 pm

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

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Key Messages

· 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

BLM:

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

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