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Permits for holiday tree harvests on BLM lands go on sale Monday

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CASPER, Wyo. — Permits to harvest Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management lands will be available starting Monday, November 22.

Purchases can be made online or at BLM Wyoming field offices on weekdays between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The cost for a permit is $5 to $10 per tree, depending on the location. Up to a maximum of five Christmas trees can be purchased by an individual for personal use.

Harvest area maps are included with the permit downloads.

“A BLM permit is valid for trees located on BLM-administered lands only,” the BLM said. “Permits for trees on U.S. Forest Service-administered land can be obtained at your local Forest Service office and at some BLM offices.”

Tree cutters must have a valid permit with them while cutting a tree. Trees may not be cut within wilderness areas, wilderness study areas, timber sale areas or administrative sites such as developed campgrounds.

Although the Christmas tree permits are for any tree species, the BLM recommends Engelmann spruce, sub-alpine fir, Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine and lodgepole pine as the best species to cut for your Christmas tree. 

Christmas trees harvested from aspen stands and dense young stands will contribute to forest health and improve wildlife habitat, the BLM said.

It is the purchaser’s responsibility to not trespass on private land and to make sure you’re cutting the tree in the correct area. Be prepared for winter weather and high country conditions.

For more information, please visit www.blm.gov/wyoming-christmas-trees or call your local BLM office:

  • Buffalo Field Office: (307) 684-1100
  • Casper Field Office: (307) 261-7600
  • Cody Field Office: (307) 578-5900
  • Kemmerer Field Office: (307) 828-4500
  • Lander Field Office: (307) 332-8400
  • Newcastle Field Office: (307) 746-6600
  • Pinedale Field Office: (307) 367-5300
  • Rawlins Field Office: (307) 328-4200
  • Rock Springs Field Office: (307) 352-0256
  • Worland Field Office: (307) 347-5100
  • Wyoming State Office: (307) 775-6314

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