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CODY - Permits to cut down a Christmas tree are now available from the Shoshone National Forest. The $8 permit is for a tree up to 20 feet tall. Cutting a larger tree requires the purchase of additional permits.

Permits are available at the following locations during regular business hours (Forest Service office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except legal holidays).

Cody: Wapiti Ranger District, the supervisor's office and Red Eagle Store No. 3

North Fork Highway: Red Barn

Dubois: Wind River Ranger District, Whiskey Mountain Tackle

Lander: Washakie Ranger District, Popo Agie One Stop

Meeteetse: Wea Market

Powell: One Stop Shoppe

Ralston: Red Eagle

Riverton: Rocky Mountain Discount Sports

Wapiti: Red Barn

Here are some of the rules.

Trees may not be cut in wilderness areas, marked timber sale areas or within 300 feet of campgrounds, lodges, summer homes, private land and ranger stations.

The required tag must be attached to the tree before it is transported.

Off-road travel regulations are in effect - check with your local ranger district for more information.

When cutting a tree, stumps must be cut at 4 inches or less, and it is important to keep all roadways clear of debris and slash.

Boughs may be cut only from trees tagged with a permit.

Most important, be extremely careful while driving and with saws and axes, and be prepared for winter conditions by checking weather and road conditions before starting out.

If you have any questions about cutting a Christmas tree from the national forest, stop in or call a Shoshone National Forest office in Cody, Lander or Dubois.