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Black Hills Christmas tree permits available now

Beginning November 15, 2013, Christmas tree tags will be available at area Black Hills National Forest offices in western South Dakota and northeast Wyoming.

White spruce, ponderosa pine and western juniper are available and can be cut in many parts of the National Forest.

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 Hills Experimental Forest near Rochford, the Black Elk Wilderness, the Beaver Park area near Sturgis, or within Spearfish Canyon.

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.  Please note that Forest Service offices do not accept credit cards, and that all Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.  December 23 is the last day permits will be sold at most Forest Service offices.

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, 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.

Permits are available at the following Forest Service locations:

Black Hills National Forest

Forest Supervisor’s Office
1019 North 5th Street
Custer, SD 57730
Phone: 605-673-9200
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hell Canyon Ranger District
330 Mt. Rushmore Rd
Custer, SD
Phone 605-673-4853
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hell Canyon District
1225 Washington Boulevard
Newcastle, WY
Phone 307-746-2782
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mystic Ranger District
8221 South Highway 16
Rapid City, SD
Phone: 605-343-1567
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/24
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Open the following Saturdays: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, and 12/21, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Northern Hills Ranger District
2014 North Main Street
Spearfish, SD
Phone: 605-642-4622
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bearlodge Ranger District
Highway 14 East
Sundance, WY
Phone: 307-283-1361
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23
Office Hours:
Monday – 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
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Christmas tree permits will also be available from the following private vendors:

Minitman Too (formerly Buckstop)
611 East Jackson Boulevard
Spearfish, SD
Phone: 605-642-4945
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Accepts check or cash only
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23

Cenex Convenience Store
2030 Lazelle Street
Sturgis, SD
Phone: 605-347-3305
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23

Deadwood History & Information Center
3 Siever Street
Deadwood, SD
Phone: 605-578-2507
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23

Rapid Stop Conoco
20059 West Highway 14, exit 185
Junction of Highway 14 and I-90
Sundance, WY
Phone: 307-283-2240
Hours: Monday – Friday, 5:15 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23

Hardware Hank
770 Mountain View Road
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: 605-343-5150
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23

Prairie Berry Winery
23837 Highway 385
Hill City, SD 57745
Phone: 605-574-3898
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23

Johnson Siding General Store
12300 West Highway 44
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: 605-348-2280
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23

Custer True Value
833 Mt. Rushmore Road
Custer, SD 57730
Phone: 605-673-2227
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.,
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Permits Available 11/15 thru 12/23

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