(S.D.)-Black Hills National Forest Christmas Tree Permits Are Available
(Custer, SD)-Interested parties can cut their own fresh Christmas tree this year from the Black Hills National Forest. Christmas tree permits will be available at most Black Hills National Forest Service offices in western South Dakota and northeast Wyoming. White spruce, ponderosa pine and western juniper are available.
Each permit is accompanied by a handout with guidance about appropriate tree removal. Trees may not be cut in developed recreation sites, Forest Service administrative sites, active timber sales, the Black HillsExperimentalForest near Rochford, the Black Elk Wilderness, the BeaverPark area near Sturgis, or within SpearfishCanyon.
Individual permits cost $10 up to a maximum of five permits per individual, and the maximum allowable height of cut trees is 20 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. The adhesive permit tag must be attached before a tree is removed from the woods; a citation can be issued for possession of a cut-but-untagged tree, even if a tag is available in person or in your vehicle.
Trees should be placed in water as soon as possible to help keep needles fresh. Once indoors, trees should be placed away from stoves, heaters, or heating ducts. After Christmas, used trees should be disposed of properly as yard waste. Do not dump used trees on national forest land.
There are no refunds for uncut trees or unused permits, and all permits expire December 31st. Forest Service offices do not accept credit cards, and Friday, December 23rd is the last day permits will be sold. For more information, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.
Permits are available at the following locations:
Black Hills National Forest, Forest Supervisor's Office, 1019 North 5th Street, Custer, SD. Phone: 605-673-9200. Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Black HillsNational Forest, Hell Canyon District, 1225 Washington Boulevard, Newcastle, WY. Phone 307-746-2782. Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Black HillsNational Forest, Mystic Ranger District, 8221 South Highway 16, Rapid City, SD. Phone: 605-343-1567. Office Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Black HillsNational Forest, 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.
Black HillsNational Forest, Bearlodge Ranger District, Highway 14 East, Sundance, WY. Phone: 307-283-1361. Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nebraska National Forest, Fall River Ranger District, 1801 Highway 18 Truck Bypass, Hot Springs, SD. Phone: 605-745-4107. Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Christmas tree permits will also be available from seven private vendors:
Minitman Too (formerly Buckstop), 611 East Jackson Blvd., Spearfish, SD. Phone: 605-642-4945. Monday thru Sunday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., check or cash only. Permits available now thru 12/20.
Cenex Convenience Store, 2030 Lazelle Street, Sturgis, SD. Phone: 605-347-3305. Monday thru Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Permits available now thru 12/20.
DeadwoodHistory & InformationCenter, 3 Siever Street, Deadwood, SD. Phone: 605-578-2507. Monday thru Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permits available now thru 12/20.
Rapid Stop Conoco, 20059 West Highway 14, exit 185, Junction of Highway 14 and I-90, Sundance WY. Phone: 307-283-2240. Monday thru Friday, 5:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Permits available now thru 12/24.
Hardware Hank, 770 Mountain View Road, Rapid City, SD. Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Permits available now thru 12/19.
Mistletoe Ranch, 23835 Highway 385, Hill City, SD. Sunday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Permits available now thru 12/19.
Johnson Siding General Store, 12300 West Highway 44, Rapid City, SD. Sunday through Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Permits available now thru 12/19.
--Submitted by the U.S.Forest Service
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