Bighorn National Forest Christmas tree permits now available

*h/t photo Pixabay Pitchengine Communities* (Sheridan, Wyo.) — Cutting your own Christmas tree can be an enjoyable experience for the entire family! If you would like to make this part of your holiday tradition, Bighorn National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available. The cost for a permit is $8.00 for a tree up to 10 feet tall. Cutting a larger tree requires the purchase of additional permits. Permits are available at Bighorn National Forest offices in Buffalo, Greybull, and Sheridan, which are open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Rules and regulations apply, so the Forest asks permit holders follow the instructions that come with the permit. Here are some of the rules: - Trees may not be cut in the Cloud Peak Wilderness; marked timber sales; within 300 feet of campgrounds, lodges, summer homes, private land, and ranger stations; or within 100 feet of highways. - On the Powder River Ranger District, trees may not be harvested along Forest Service Road 19 or along U.S. Highway 16 from the eastern Bighorn National Forest boundary to the Hettinger Group Area sign. - The required tag must be attached to the tree before it is transported. - Off-road travel restrictions are in effect throughout the Bighorn National Forest: motorized travel is allowed only on routes designated as open to motor vehicles. - When cutting a tree, stumps must be cut six inches or less, and it is important to keep roadways clear of debris and slash. - Boughs may be cut only from trees tagged with a permit. #dally