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Dillon Field Office
Release Date: 12/01/11
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7617    

Forest Service, BLM Christmas Tree Permits Available

If your Christmas spirit gets a boost from going to the woods to cut your own Christmas tree, then the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management can help out. 

With a permit, you can cut a Christmas tree in all the national forests in Montana and on public lands served by BLM's Missoula, Dillon, and Butte field offices. 

Forest Service offices selling permits in Southwest Montana are located in Deer Lodge, Philipsburg, Butte, Whitehall, Dillon, Wisdom, Wise River, Sheridan, and Ennis.

Christmas tree-cutting permits are $5, and each family may purchase up to three permits.  Cutting trees without a permit is subject to a citation and fine.

Tree cutting is not allowed in wilderness areas or in BLM-administered wilderness study areas.

When you purchase a permit, you will also receive a helpful information sheet that gives advice on how to best cut and care for your Christmas tree.

Forest Service and BLM offices are open weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The following locations also sell permits:

  • Anaconda: Thrifty Drug, and Hardware Hank
  • Boulder: Ace Hardware Store
  • Wise River: Wise River Mercantile
  • Ennis: True Value Hardware
  • Harrison: Wheat and Thistle
  • Sheridan: McLeod Mercantile
  • Butte: Bob Ward and Sons Sporting Good

You may also buy permits by mail.  Send a check for $5 to the nearest Forest Service office (make the check out to "USDA Forest Service") or to the nearest BLM office (make the check out to "USDI Bureau of Land Management").  Be sure to include your name and address .

For more information contact the Forest Service at (406) 683-3900, or the BLM at (406) 533-7600.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Dillon Field Office   1005 Selway Drive      Dillon, MT 59725  

Last updated: 06-28-2012