Black Hills National Forest Christmas Tree Tags

Press Release – The Black Hills National Forest is excited to continue the 4th Grade Free Christmas Tree Program again this holiday season.
Fourth graders are eligible for a FREE Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid in a Park (“Every Kid”) Initiative. Every Kid is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of conservationists. All fourth graders are eligible to receive a fourth grade pass that allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full year.
In order for students to receive a free Christmas tree permit, they must present a valid 4th Grade pass or paper voucher printed from the Every Kid in a Park website: To obtain the voucher, visit the website, click on the “Get your pass” button and follow the instructions. Print out the paper voucher and bring it with you to a District Office or the Supervisor’s Office on the Black Hills National Forest.
Christmas Tree tags will be available November 14 – December 23, 2016 at Black Hills National Forest offices in western South Dakota and northeast Wyoming.
White spruce, ponderosa pine, and western juniper are available and can be cut in many parts of the National Forest.
Each permit is accompanied by a handout with guidance about appropriate tree removal. Trees may not be cut in developed recreation sites, Forest Service administrative sites, active timber sales, the Black Hills Experimental Forest near Rochford, the Black Elk Wilderness, the Beaver Park area near Sturgis or within Spearfish Canyon.
Individual permits cost $10, up to a maximum of five permits is allowed per individual, and the maximum allowable height of cut trees is 20 feet. Permits require that you cut the entire tree, leaving no more than six inches of stump, and that you cut unused branches so they lay flat on the ground.
The adhesive permit tag must be attached before a tree is removed from the cutting area; a citation can be issued for possession of a cut-but-untagged tree, even if a tag is available in person or in your vehicle.
Trees should be placed in water as soon as possible to help keep needles fresh. Once indoors, trees should be placed away from stoves, heaters, or heating ducts. After Christmas, used trees should be disposed of properly as yard waste. Do not dump used trees on national forest land.
There are no refunds for uncut trees or unused permits.  Please note that Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.  December 23 is the last day permits will be sold at Forest Service offices.  Private vendors (listed below) will sell tags until December 22.  People wishing to cut a tree on Christmas Eve need to purchase their tags in advance.
Tags are available by mail from the Forest Supervisor's Office, 1019 North 5th Street, Custer, SD, 57730. Enclose a check or money order in the amount of $10 for each tree permit, up to a maximum of five trees per individual as well as a self-addressed stamped envelope. The Forest Service will mail tags and cutting instructions. 
Permits are available at the following Forest Service locations:
Forest Supervisor's Office/Hell Canyon Ranger District
1019 North 5th Street
Custer, SD 57730
Phone: 605-673-9200
Mon – Fri: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hell Canyon Ranger District
1225 Washington Boulevard
Newcastle, WY
Phone 307-746-2782
Mon – Fri: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mystic Ranger District
8221 South Highway 16
Rapid City, SD
Phone: 605-343-1567
Mon – Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Northern Hills Ranger District
2014 North Main Street
Spearfish, SD
Phone: 605-642-4622
Mon – Fri: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bearlodge Ranger District
101 S. 21st Street
Sundance, WY 82729
Phone: 307-283-1361
Mon – Fri: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Christmas tree permits will also be available from the following private vendors thru December 22:
Minitman Too (formerly Buckstop)
611 East Jackson Boulevard
Spearfish SD 57783
Monday thru Sunday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Accepts check or cash only
Cenex Convenience Store
2030 Lazelle Street
Sturgis SD 57785
Monday thru Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Deadwood History & Information Center
3 Siever Street, Deadwood SD 57732
Monday thru Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rapid Stop Conoco
20059 West Highway 14
Junction of Highway 14 and I-90
Sundance WY 82729
Monday thru Friday, 5:15 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hardware Hank
770 Mountain View Road
Rapid City, SD 57702
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Heart of the Hills Exxon C-Store
201 Main St
Hill City, SD 57745
Sun – Thu: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Fri – Sat: 5:00 AM – Midnight
Heart of the West Conoco
632 Main St
Hill City, SD 57745
Sun – Thu: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Fri – Sat: 5:00 AM – Midnight
Custer True Value
833 Mt. Rushmore Road
Custer, SD 57730
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.