Bitterroot Forest Sells Christmas Tree Permits Starting Tuesday
You'll be able to cut your own Christmas tree on the Bitterroot National Forest with permits available November 12.
the $5 permits will be sold at any US Forest Service office or a number of retail businesses - Mr T's in Darby, Bob Ward and Lone Pine Conoco in Hamilton, Merc Fresh Market in Corvallis and Cenex in Stevensville. Only cash or personal check will be accepted for payment.
There's a limit of three permits per family and are Personal Use permits. The Darby Ranger District will handle Commercial and Non-profit fundraising tree cutting at (406) 821-3913.
Forest officials say there are choices of tree and species on the forest, but to be sure, get a map from the Forest Service.
There are some rules:
Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said that travel conditions are constantly changing, so use a 4-wheel drive vehicle with snow tires or chains. Watch out for snowmobiles and other recreationists walking, skiing or sledding.
A final tip - if you're not going to set up the tree right away, store it in a cool area and when you put it indoors, cut at least an inch off the bottom and keep it watered.