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Christmas tree options abound in Western Montana

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MISSOULA - Now that Thanksgiving is over, lots of folks are thinking about the next holiday – Christmas.

We checked in with some experts who say that if you don’t want a Charlie Brown tree then you should ask for some advice when out shopping.

When you look at a tree, you want to make sure that it has a nice conical shape…and you want to make sure that it's nice and full, so when you look at the boughs they’re nice and evenly spaced, [that] there’s no gaps in here,” advised tree expert Brady Potts. “You want to make sure that the fragrance is a fragrance that you like.”

One option for those of you brave enough to venture out in the cold is to cut down your own tree. But if you chose to do that, you’ll have to get a Christmas tree permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

Once you have gotten a permit you are allowed to cut down your tree from anywhere in a National Forest, except in Wilderness or National Recreation areas and developed recreation sites.

The tree also must be located more than 150 feet away from water. With a Christmas tree permit, you are allowed one tree per family and it must be less than 12 feet tall.

“Some trees are the same color all around and you can also get the different shades of green,” Potts said. “[When] you get into more of the wild trees sometimes they're a lot lighter like your [Douglas] firs and your white furs.

Folks who prefer their trees already cut can find plenty of options around the Missoula area. Several Christmas tree lots are already up and running at local businesses.

The Lions Club is also once again selling trees at the Missoula County Fairgrounds with all of the proceeds being donated to charity.

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