Sheridan, Wyo. (November 5, 2012) – Cutting your own Christmas tree can be an enjoyable experience for the entire family. If you would like to make this part of your holiday tradition, Christmas tree permits are available from the Bighorn National Forest.
The cost for a permit is $8.00 for a tree up to 10 feet tall. Cutting a larger tree requires the purchase of additional permits.
Permits are available at Bighorn National Forest offices in Buffalo, Lovell, and Sheridan, which are open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. Christmas tree permits can be also be purchased by mail. Simply complete the form that is available on the Bighorn’s website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/bighorn/passes-permits/forestproducts, mail it to your local ranger district office, and a permit and copy of the regulations will be mailed to you.
Rules and regulations apply, so please follow the instructions that come with the permit. Here are some of the rules:
Most important, be extremely careful while driving and with saws and axes, and be prepared for winter conditions by checking weather and road conditions before starting out.
If you have any questions about cutting a Christmas tree from the national forest, please stop in or call any Bighorn National Forest office.