green pine trees during winter
Photo: Jeremy Gallman

WYOMING — Christmas tree permits are now available for Bridger Teton National Forest through Dec. 31.

“Trekking through the forest in search of that special holiday tree is a beloved tradition for many and the perfect way to start the holiday season.” Reflects Tricia O’Connor, Forest Supervisor.

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). 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.

Christmas tree cutting map, depicting locations in the Jackson Ranger District where Christmas tress can be cut. Photo: USDA Map

The Forest Service will also offer Christmas tree tags at district offices and at the Alpine Visitor Center. Please call ahead because offices are closed to walk-in business due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To purchase a Christmas Tree permit, visit and search for Bridger-Teton National Forest Christmas Tree Permits. 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.

All 4th graders throughout the United States receive a free Christmas tree permit, as part of the Every Kid Outdoors Program.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.