KALISPELL — Flathead National Forest Christmas tree permits are now being made available online.
The webpage includes details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut may be found.
“For many families here in the Flathead Valley, venturing into the forest to cut a Christmas tree for the holidays is a treasured tradition,” said Flathead National Forest Supervisor Kurt Steele.
The Forest Service decided to move permit sales to online to make it more convenience for visitors and to male transactions easier due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Whether you do this every year, or this is your first time out, we welcome you to the forest and hope you have a wonderful time finding your perfect tree," said Steele.
To obtain a Christmas Tree permit, visit recreation.gov and search for Flathead National Forest Christmas Tree Permits. Visitors will need to set up or login to an account to complete the transaction.
This year, there is no charge for a Christmas tree permit, rather than the $2.50 online transaction fee.
People who are unable to access to obtain a permit through the website have been asked to call their local Forest Service Ranger Station for assistance.