HELENA, MONT., November 20, 2012—The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree can be a fun and festive way to begin the holiday season. Christmas tree permits are $5 and each family may purchase up to three permits for trees on Forest Service and BLM lands.
With your tree permit, you will receive a pamphlet of permit specifications and helpful hints on tree selection, care and recycling. The Helena National Forest also has some restrictions on tree cutting:
- Do not cut trees in active timber sale units, developed campgrounds and other sites, Wilderness areas or within 100-feet of main roads, creeks or streams;
- Please do not leave any live branches on the stump and trim the stump to no more than six inches above the soil;
- Please select a tree shorter than 12-feet tall and do not cut off the tops of trees;
- Remember to securely attach the permit to your tree.
Visitors should also be aware of active timber sale areas and associated logging truck traffic along the roadways in certain areas on the forest. The narrow and slippery road conditions make it difficult for large log trucks to maneuver or stopping very quickly.
Along with Forest Service offices in Helena, Lincoln and Townsend, Christmas tree permits are available at: South’s Market, Broadwater Market and Capital Sports and Western in Helena; Hahn Ranch, Feed and Supply in Townsend; and Grizzly Hardware in Lincoln.
For more information visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/helena/ or contact your local Forest Service office: Helena: 406-449-5201; Lincoln District: 406-362-7000; and Townsend District: 406-266-3425.