If plastic boughs just won't satiate your Christmas bug, you're in luck. It's open season for Christmas trees in the Big Horn National Forest. Forest Service Public Information Officer, Susie Douglas, says you can pick up your tree permit at one of dozens of locations around town and then start your hunt for the perfect tree. She provided just a quick refresher on local tree hunting regulations.
Douglas said one $8 permit allows a tree hunter to harvest a 10-foot tree. Bigger trees would require two permits. The tag needs to be with the tree while it's being transported. As with any outdoor excursion, safety is paramount, but the the odds are in favor of tree hunters this year.
Tree permits are also necessary if you're only looking for branches to make wreaths or Yule Logs. Stumps left behind should be no larger than six inches high.