Christmas Tree Permits Now on Sale

Release Date: Nov 9, 2010  

Missoula, MT. – Christmas tree permits are now available at all Lolo National Forest Ranger District offices. Permits are limited to three per family and cost $5 each.

The Missoula Ranger District office, located at Fort Missoula, will extend their hours for permit sales to include four Saturdays -- November 20th, 27th, December 4th and 11th -- from 7:30am to 4:30pm.

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

 Be aware of changing weather, and 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 be aware of your location.
 If you are 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.

 Please do not cut trees from plantations; areas along power line corridors and near roads are often good locations.
 Please do not leave any live branches on the stump and trim the stump to no more than five inches above the soil.
 Do not cut off the tops of trees.
 Do not cut trees within 150 feet of riparian areas (creeks and streams) or within Wilderness Areas.

Ranger District contact numbers are:
Missoula Ranger District: 329-3814
Ninemile Ranger District: 626-5201
Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District: 826-3821
Seeley Lake Ranger District: 677-2233
Superior Ranger District: 822-4233
Permits can also be purchased at Bronc’s Grocery in Frenchtown.

For additional information please contact the Lolo National Forest Public Affairs Office at (406) 329-1024.

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