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12/07/2018 - Christmas Tree Permits On Sale In Pine Ridge & Black Hills

Christmas tree cutting permits are now on sale at the Pine Ridge Ranger District in Chadron. The permits entitle the purchaser to harvest one ponderosa pine or Eastern red cedar, measuring up to 15 feet tall. Maps will be available with the permits to identify selected areas for tree harvest for each of the Ranger Districts. The permits cost $10 and are available at:
 
Supervisor’s Office/Pine Ridge Ranger District
125 N. Main Street in Chadron, Nebraska
7:30 am-4:30pm MST, Monday-Friday (excludes Federal holidays)
308.432.0300
 
The Forest Service is the official featured agency to celebrate the White House’s Every Kid in a Park Initiative for November and December. As part of this celebration, free Christmas tree tags will be offered to 4th graders who present a valid voucher or an interagency 4th grade pass. Vouchers may be obtained at the Every Kid in a Park website: https://everykidinapark.gov/. To obtain the voucher, visit the website, click on the “Get your pass” button and follow the instructions. Print out the paper voucher and bring it with you. When 4th graders come into the office for their free permits, they are also issued a commemorative, hard plastic permit as a keepsake.
 
Each permit includes cutting guidelines, travel recommendations, and a free motorized vehicle users map (MVUM) to show roads and trails open for the public to find their tree. The maximum allowable height of cut trees is 15 feet. Permits require that you cut the entire tree, leaving no more than six inches of stump, and that you cut unused branches so they lay flat on the ground. Only areas designated on the permit map are open to Christmas tree cutting. Areas excluded from cutting include all campgrounds, administration sites, National Recreation Areas, Research Natural Areas, and around Pine Ridge Job Corps. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us/r2/nebraska.
 
 
Black Hills National Forest offices in western South Dakota are also offering Christmas tree cutting permits. White spruce, ponderosa pine, and western juniper are available and can be cut in many parts of the National Forest. Tags are available by mail from the Forest Supervisor's Office, 1019 North 5th Street, Custer, SD, 57730. Enclose a check or money order in the amount of $10 for each tree permit, up to a maximum of five trees per individual, as well as a self-addressed stamped envelope. The Forest Service will mail tags and cutting instructions.
 
Black Hills permits are available at:
Forest Supervisor's Office and Hell Canyon Range District
1019 North 5th Street
Custer, SD 57730
Phone: 605-673-9200
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  
Nebraska National Forest / Fall River Ranger District
1801 Highway 18 Bypass
Hot Springs, SD
Phone: 605-745-4107
Office Hours:
Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cash or check only
 
Mystic Ranger District 
8221 South Highway 16
Rapid City, SD
Phone: 605-343-1567
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Northern Hills Ranger District 
2014 North Main Street
Spearfish, SD
Phone: 605-642-4622
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.