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Black Hills National Forest Christmas tree permits now available

Brent Duerre

Christmas tree permits for the Black Hills National Forest are now available for purchase.

Permits can be bought online at, at your local forest service office or from private vendors throughout the Black Hills, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Anyone who receives a permit can harvest their own Christmas tree in designated areas of the forest.

Each permit purchased online is $10 for any tree, plus a $2.50 processing fee. Users can purchase up to five permits per account.

The Christmas tree cutting program helps improve forest health by thinning densely populated stands of small-diameter trees, according to a press release from the Forest Service. Removing these trees from the designated areas helps other trees grow larger and can improve wildlife habitat by creating open areas that provide food.

Many Forest roads are subject to seasonal closures. Free Motor Vehicle Use maps are available online or by downloading the Avenza App.

Additionally, all 4th graders throughout the United States receive a free Christmas tree permit as part of the Every Kid Outdoors Program. If using the online system at, enter the voucher or pass number when prompted. Call your local Forest Service office for more information on the Every Kid Outdoors Program.