JACKSON, Wyo. — Christmas tree permits are now available for Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee national forests through Dec. 31.

Permits can be purchased online through www.recreation.gov. Details regarding designated cutting areas, dates and height restrictions may be found at the same link. Each permit is $15 for any tree, plus a $2.50 processing fee. Users can purchase up to five trees per account. “The permit must be printed and placed in the windshield of your vehicle as you remove your tree(s) from the Forest,” says the Forest Service.

Last year, the Forest sold 8,732 permits and over 30% were from online sales. For maps and more info click the following links:

Trees can be a maximum of 20 feet in height and stump height can be 8 inches maximum. The whole tree must be removed, do not remove the top of a tree. Many aspen stands are being replaced by conifers. To slow this process, conifer removal in aspen stands is encouraged. Conifer trees removed from aspen stands may be topped (no height restrictions). The topped tree stump height must be 8 inches or less.

Cutting or removal of forest products is prohibited within campgrounds, summer home sites, administrative sites (guard stations), ski areas, Cache Creek Canyon and Trail Creek area, the Snake River Canyon, designated Wilderness or Wilderness Study Areas, elk feed grounds and within the national park.

All fourth graders throughout the United States receive a free Christmas tree permit, as part of the Every Kid Outdoors Program.

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