Shoshone National Forest selling Christmas tree permits

Nov 27, 2016 From wire reports

CODY - Christmas tree permits are now available from the Shoshone National Forest. Permits may be purchased Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at Shoshone National Forest district offices. The district office in Cody will be unable to sell permits December 6 & 7.

Permits are now available for purchase at local businesses - Riverton Pit Stops, Wind River Gear & Pit Stop in Dubois and in Lander at Popo Agie One Stop.

One permit costs $8.00 and is good for one tree up to 20 feet tall. If you wish to cut a taller tree, additional permits are required. Rules and regulations do apply, so please follow the instructions that come with the permit. For further information on cutting a Christmas tree on the Shoshone National Forest, please call or visit any Shoshone National Forest office, visit their website, follow on Twitter (@ShoshoneNF), or like on Facebook (US Forest Service - Shoshone National Forest).

As America's first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest has 2.4 million acres of diverse terrain and a mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the forest to meet the needs of present and future generations.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is now offering Christmas tree permits for sale.

Permits may be purchased between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. from any BLM Wyoming field office. The cost for a permit is $5 to $10 per tree, depending on location. Up to a maximum of 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 your local Forest Service office 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 your Christmas tree. Christmas trees 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 you're cutting the tree in the correct area. Be prepared for winter weather and high country conditions.

For more information call your local BLM office.

Buffalo Field Office (307) 684-1100, Casper Field Office (307) 261-7600, Cody Field Office (307) 578-5900, Kemmerer Field Office (307) 828-4500, Lander Field Office (307) 332-8400, Newcastle Field Office (307) 746-6600, Pinedale Field Office (307) 367-5300, Rawlins Field Office (307) 328-4200, Rock Springs Field Office (307) 352-0256, Worland Field Office (307) 345-5100, or Wyoming State Office (307) 775-6314

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