Christmas tree permits are free in 2021, and each permit allows up to three trees to be cut. Please display your permit on the dashboard of your vehicle when you go out to harvest the tree(s). Permits are good for all National Forests in Montana. Please observe the regulations and guidelines below; it is your responsibility to know where you can and cannot harvest National Forest Christmas trees. If you are unsure of the Forest boundary, maps showing ownership are available at the Supervisor's Office in Kalispell, or at the District Ranger Stations in Bigfork, Hungry Horse.
Christmas Tree Permits can now be obtained at Recreation.gov. It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will also need to set up or login to a Recreation.gov account to purchase their permit, free in 2021. Recreation.gov charges a transaction fee of $2.50.
For people unable to access Recreation.gov to obtain a permit, please call your local Forest Service Ranger Station for assistance.
Free Christmas Tree Permits to 4th Graders!
Every Kid Outdoors Pass which is available to 4th GradersThe Flathead National Forest is pleased to support the Every Kid Outdoors Program and provide FREE Christmas tree permits to all fourth graders! As part of the ‘Every Kid Outdoors’ (formerly Every Kid in the Park) national initiative which strives to connect youth with nature, the Flathead National Forest is offering one free Christmas tree permit to every fourth grader. To participate in the free holiday tree program visit www.everykidoutdoors.gov to obtain a voucher and then visit Recreation.gov for the permit!
Cutting your Christmas Tree
Cutting your Christmas tree can improve or damage the forest. We ask you to follow these cutting guides, and have a safe and enjoyable outing.
Choosing and cutting a tree
Planning your trip
Caring for your tree