Christmas Tree Permits

A man putting a Christmas tree on his vehicleIt is the most wonderful time of the year to visit your national forest and find the perfect holiday tree for your home!

This year, Christmas Tree Permits can be obtained online or at your local ranger district through December 31.  A permit allows an individual to cut up to three trees in designated areas.   Permits for the Christmas Tree Permit are free, but there is a $2.50 service fee charged at checkout if folks order online.  Folks can also pick up their permit at district offices with no service fee.  Please call your local district, Monday-Friday between 8-4:30 p.m. to arrange in advance. 

A man and child dragging a Christmas tree.


As part of the national Every Kid Outdoors initiative, the U.S. Forest Service is excited to announce that all fourth graders are eligible for a free holiday tree permit from their local national forest. In order for students to receive a free tree permit, they must present a valid paper voucher printed from the Every Kid Outdoors website at a Forest Service ranger station or office. Visit the Every Kid Outdoors website at for more information.

Visit: to get started and search for “Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Christmas Tree Permit."  Visit the Forest Service Tree Cutting Know Before You Go page for more details.

Last updated: Nov. 5, 2020