Christmas Tree Permits

Christmas Tree Cutting

 

Purchasing a Permit

Christmas Tree Permits are available through December 31 to cut down your own ponderosa pine, spruce, or juniper tree for the holiday season.

A permit is required for each tree you cut. Each permit costs $10 and can be purchased online at Recreation.gov (plus processing/transaction fee), from a local Forest Service office and/or local vendorsNOTE: A maximum of 5 permits may be purchased per household. 

The maximum allowable height of cut trees is 20 feet. Permits require that you cut the entire tree, leaving no more than six inches of stump, and that you cut unused branches so they lay flat on the ground.

Trees should be placed in water as soon as possible to help keep needles fresh. Once indoors, trees should be placed away from stoves, heaters, or heating ducts. After Christmas, used trees should be disposed of properly as yard waste. Do not dump used trees on national forest land.

Christmas Trees can be purchased on Recreation.gov at: https://www.recreation.gov/tree-permits/

Christmas Tree Permit Vendors

Cutting a Christmas Tree Brochure

Spruce Tree Forest Map





https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/blackhills/passes-permits/forestproducts/?cid=FSM9_012618