It is permit time again for those looking for a cut-your-own Christmas tree from the Black Hills National Forest.
Christmas tree permits will be available at most Black Hills National Forest offices in western South Dakota and northeast Wyoming. White spruce, ponderosa pine and western juniper are available.
Permits cost $10 each, with a maximum of five permits per individual. The maximum height of cut trees is 20 feet. Each permit is accompanied by a pamphlet on appropriate tree removal. Off-limits areas include developed recreation sites, Forest Service administrative sites, active timber sales, the experimental forest near Rochford, the Black Elk Wilderness, Beaver Park near Sturgis and within Spearfish Canyon
There are no refunds for uncut trees or unused permits, and all permits expire Dec. 31.
Forest Service offices do not accept credit cards, and all Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving. The last day permits will be sold at Forest Service offices is Dec. 23.
Permits are available at the following locations: Forest supervisor's office in Custer; Hell Canyon Ranger District office in Newcastle, Wyo.; Mystic Ranger District office on U.S. Highway 16, Rapid City; Northern Hills Ranger District office in Spearfish; Bearlodge Ranger District office in Sundance, Wyo.; Fall River Ranger District office in Hot Springs.
Permits also are available at Minitman Too (former Buckstop) in Spearfish; Cenex convenience store, Sturgis; Deadwood History & Information Center; Rapid Stop Conoco in Sundance, Wyo.; Hardware Hank in Rapid City; Mistletoe Ranch near Hill City; and Johnson Siding General Store, west of Rapid City.