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Christmas Tree Permits

Purchasing a Permit

Christmas Tree Permits are available from mid-November through the week prior to Christmas to cut down your own ponderosa pine, spruce, or juniper tree for the holiday season.

You need a permit for each tree you cut. Each permit costs $10 and can be purchased in person most area Forest Service offices, some private businesses, or by mail. NOTE: A maximum of 5 permits may be purchased per household. Make your check payable to "USDA Forest Service" and send it to the following address:

Black Hills National Forest
1019 North 5th Street
Custer, SD 57730

If you include a stamped return envelope, we will send your permit back.

Your tree is for personal use only and is not to be sold. All tree permits expire December 31 of the year purchased.  The Forest does not refund money for unused permits.

Spruce Tree Map