Christmas tree permits offered through BLM, Shoshone ForestNov 29, 2015 From staff reports
Tree cutters must have a valid permit with them while cutting a tree, and trees may not be cut within a wilderness area, wilderness study area, timber sale area or campground.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Shoshone National Forest (SNF) are offering Christmas tree permits for sale.
Many families enjoy cutting their own Christmas trees on public land approved for cutting.
BLM permits may be purchased between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays from any of the agency's Wyoming field offices.
The cost for a permit ranges from $5 to $25 per tree depending on the location and size of the tree. Up to five Christmas trees can be purchased by an individual for personal use on BLM-administered lands.
A BLM permit is valid for trees located on BLM lands only. Permits for trees on U.S. Forest Service-administered land can be obtained at local Forest Service offices and at some BLM offices.
Tree cutters must have a valid permit with them while cutting a tree. Trees may not be cut within a wilderness area, wilderness study area, timber sale area or administrative sites such as developed campgrounds.
Although the Christmas tree permits are for any tree species, the BLM recommends Engelmann spruce, sub-alpine fir, Douglas fir and lodgepole pine as the best species to cut for a Christmas tree.
Christmastrees harvested from aspen stands and riparian areas will contribute to forest health and improve wildlife habitat.
It is the purchaser's responsibility to not trespass on private land and to make sure the tree is being cut in the correct area. Be prepared for winter weather and high country conditions.
For more information call the BLM Lander Field Office at 332-8400.
Shoshone National Forest
Christmas tree permits from the SNF cost $8 for a tree up to 20 feet tall. For anyone who wishes to cut a larger tree, additional permits are required.
Permits are available at SNF district offices in Cody, Dubois and Lander. These offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays but are closed on federal holidays.
The district office in Cody will be unable to sell permits Dec. 2-3.
Permits also will be available for purchase at Wind River Gear in Dubois, Pit Stop in Dubois, thePopo Agie One Stop in Lander and all three Pit Stops in Riverton.
The SNF also is part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative. As such, fourth grade students are eligible for one free Christmas tree permit with a valid paper or durable Every Kid in a Park pass.
The tree permit is good for trees less than 12 feet in height, and the fourth-grader must be present at the time the permit is issued.
These free Christmas tree permits are available only at SNF district offices in Cody, Lander and Dubois.
Rules and regulations do apply, so please follow the instructions that come with the permit.
Also, the SNF asks everyone to take extra care while driving, to be prepared for winter conditions by checking weather and road conditions before heading out to cut a tree, and to use extra care when using saws and axes.
For further information about cutting a Christmas tree in the national forest, call or visit any SNF office.