Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest provide Christmas tree permits


Forest Service offices and districts in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forests will again issue Christmas tree permits, which are available online or from local ranger districts through December 31.

Permits cost $5 per tree, and one permit allows one person to fell up to three trees. Permits are valid throughout the forest except for cabins, campgrounds, picnic areas, trailheads, wilderness or riparian areas, natural landmarks, active timber sales, and areas where trees have been planted for reforestation purposes.

Permits can be purchased online or in person at the Forest Service offices in Helena, Great Falls (including the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center), Lincoln, Townsend, Stanford, Harlowton, Choteau, Augusta, White Sulfur Springs, or Neihart.

To buy online, visit: www.recreation.gov to get started and search “Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Christmas Tree Permit”.

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Fourth graders can also obtain a free permit through Recreation.gov or at county offices through Every Kid Outdoors.

“The Christmas Tree Permit offers local communities a fun way to create adventure and family traditions in their local forest,” Forest Warden Emily Platt said in an email. “For safety reasons, we advise people to ensure they have winter essentials such as chains, a shovel, extra blankets, groceries in their car and check local weather reports before driving.”

  • Join the Forest Service, the Montana Discovery Foundation and Helena CORE at Montana Wild to collect and craft nature-themed ornaments and decorations for the holiday season. Come along on December 1st between 3:30pm and 5:30pm and bring family, friends and creative holiday cheer.
  • The Montana Discovery Foundation, in partnership with the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, will offer nature craft kits at local county offices. The kits are expected to be available in the second week of December. Call the local ranger district to check availability.
  • The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is once again hosting Trim the Tree festivities in Great Falls on December 10th. Participants can build two handmade ornaments, one for the center’s tree and one to take home.

Call the Interpretation Center at (406) 727-8733 for more information.

On April 20, two Department of Natural Resources and Conservation airships and ground crew supported the annual Pines for Barch project with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). The DNRC vessels delivered large, weighted chains of recycled Christmas trees collected by FWP to Canyon Ferry Reservoir, where fisheries biologists hope to build spawning grounds for yellowfish. (Video provided by DNRC)

Visit https://go.usa.gov/x7YSG for more information or call your local district.