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Lolo National Forest Christmas tree permits available

Christmas Tree Harvest
Posted at 3:38 PM, Nov 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-09 17:39:57-05

MISSOULA — The holiday season is quickly approaching, and Christmas tree permits are now available online or for pick-up at Lolo National Forest office locations across Western Montana.

“Finding and cutting a Lolo National Forest Christmas tree is a long-standing tradition and a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends on National Forest lands,” said Kate Jerman, Lolo National Forest spokesperson. “This year we are offering permits online through or by outdoor pick-up at office locations for public convenience.”

How to obtain a Christmas tree permit:

  • Online at Visit and search for “Lolo National Forest Christmas Tree Permits.” It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit for a transaction fee of $2.50. Users will need to set up a account to complete the process.
  • Visit a Ranger Station: All Lolo National Forest offices will offer FREE Christmas tree permits, maps, and cutting information available for pick-up outside office doors. Please call ahead so staff can ensure permits are ready for collection.

Forest officials note that up to three Christmas tree permits are allowed per family. People should display permits on the dashboard of their vehicles when harvesting the tree(s). Permits are good for all National Forests in Montana. Cutting a Christmas tree also improves forest health and helps to thin densely populated stands of small-diameter trees. Removing these trees in designated areas helps other trees grow larger and can open areas to provide forage for wildlife.

Please observe the following regulations when selecting and harvesting your National Forest Christmas tree:

  • Do not cut trees from plantations or within developed recreation areas, campgrounds, or the following areas: Blue Mountain Recreation Area or the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area.
  • Do not leave branches on the stump and trim the stump to no more than five inches above the soil.
  • Do not cut the tops off trees and do not cut down trees taller than 12 feet.
  • Do not cut trees within 150 feet of riparian areas (creeks or streams) or within Wilderness Areas.