Christmas tree permits available

WYOMING – The U.S. Forest Service announced Christmas tree permits are available for purchase online through through Dec. 31.

Details about where to cut and height restrictions can be found on that website by searching for Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The Forest Service is also offering Christmas tree tags at district offices and at the Alpine Visitor Center. Those seeking the tree tags need to call ahead as walk-in business remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Trekking through the forest in search of that special holiday tree is a beloved tradition for many and the perfect way to start the holiday season,” Tricia O’Connor, Bridger-Teton National Forest supervisor, said.

When purchasing permits, carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchase. Visitors need to log-in or set-up an account to complete the transaction. Each permit is $15 for any tree, plus a $2.50 processing fee. Users can purchase up to five trees per account. Permits must be printed and placed in the window of your vehicle as a tree is removed from the forest.

Additionally, all fourth-grade students throughout the country receive a free Christmas tree permit as part of the Every Kid Outdoors Program. That can be utilized by calling the local Forest Service office for more information and a voucher or pass number to enter when purchasing a permit through the online system.