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USFS Christmas Tree Permits Available

 


MISSOULA – Christmas tree permits are now available at a cost of $5 each at most Lolo National Forest offices. Permits may also be purchased at Bronc’s Grocery in Frenchtown, the Clinton Market and the Bureau of Land Management Missoula Field Office, located at 3255 Fort Missoula Road. 

The Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office and Missoula Ranger District, located at 24 Fort Missoula Rd., will extend hours for permit sales to include three Saturdays, Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Superior Ranger District will begin selling permits Nov. 28. 

 The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree can be a fun, festive way to begin the holiday season. Following some simple tips can ensure it is a safe day out in the woods.

• Be aware of changing weather, as well as road and snow conditions. Good snow tires and a four-wheel drive vehicle are advised when traveling in winter conditions on Forest Service roads.

• Carry a map and know your location.

• If on foot, be aware of remaining daylight and time needed to return to your vehicle.

• Bring the right tools: a saw for cutting the tree and a shovel for removing snow from around the base of the tree.

• Advise family or friends of your destination and when you will return.

The Lolo National Forest does have some restrictions for tree cutting.

• Do not cut trees from plantations or within developed recreation areas including all campgrounds, Pattee Canyon, Blue Mountain or the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area.

• Do not leave live branches on the stump and trim the stump to no more than five inches above the soil.

• Do not cut tops off of trees.

• Do not cut trees within 150 feet of riparian areas (creeks and streams) or within Wilderness Areas.

For additional information please call the Lolo National Forest at 406-329-3814 or the local districts. The Seeley Lake Ranger District can be reached at 406-677-2233.

 

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