Christmas tree season is here, BTNF permits available

WYOMING — Christmas tree permits for Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) are now available for purchase through Dec. 31.

“For many, venturing into the Forest to cut their Christmas tree for the holidays is a treasured tradition with friends and family and a wonderful way to enjoy our public lands in the winter,” said Chad Hudson Acting Forest Supervisor.

Permits are $15/per tree with a maximum of five trees per account. BTNF allows for a 20-foot maximum tree height and an 8-inch maximum stump height.

In Bridger-Teton National Forest, 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, private land, areas planted with new trees, summer home sites, guard stations, ski areas, Cache Creek Canyon, Trail Creek area, the Snake River Canyon, designated wilderness or wilderness study areas, and elk feed grounds.

This year due to Covid-19, The Forest Service is offering permits for purchase online. Permits can still be purchased in-person at the Bridger-Teton National Forest Headquarters at 340 N. Cache, Jackson, WY.

Additionally, all 4th graders throughout the United States receive a free Christmas tree permit, as part of the Every Kid Outdoors Program. If utilizing the online system, enter the voucher or pass number when prompted. Call your local Forest Service office for more information on the Every Kid Outdoors Program.

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