Christmas tree cutting permits now available


Christmas tree cutting permits went on sale Nov. 23, at both the Pine Ridge and Bessey Ranger Districts. The permits entitle the purchaser to harvest one Ponderosa Pine or Eastern Red Cedar, up to 15 feet tall from selected areas in the Nebraska National Forest near Chadron and Halsey.

The permits are available at the following offices Monday through Friday:

Supervisor Office/Pine Ridge Office at 125 N. Main Street in Chadron, 7:30-4:30 MST.

Bessey Office is located at 40637 River Loop Road near Halsey, 8:30-5:00 CST.

The Forest Service is the official featured agency to celebrate the White House’s Every Kid in a Park Initiative for November and December. As part of this celebration, free Christmas tree tags will be offered to fourth graders who present a valid voucher or an interagency fourth grade pass. Vouchers may be obtained at the Every Kid in a Park website,

Each permit includes cutting guidelines, travel recommendations and a free motorized vehicle users map, (MVUM) to show roads and trails open for the public to find their tree.

Only areas designated on the permit map are open to Christmas tree cutting. Areas excluded from cutting include all campgrounds, administration sites, National Recreation Areas, Research Natural Area, and around Pine Ridge Job Corps. For more information please visit our website at


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