Christmas tree permits selling fast this year

CUSTER, S.D. — Christmas tree permits are selling fast due to a shortage of commercial Christmas trees, good weather and the Thanksgiving holiday.

Permits are selling fast at Black Hills National Forest offices and selling out at some local vendor locations. One vendor sold more than 470 tags in just a few days over the Thanksgiving holiday.

“It has been an amazing sales season for Christmas tree tags this year,” said Recreation Program Manager Bradley Block. “Combined with an interest in getting outdoors and beautiful weather, the public is taking to the forest in large numbers. We’re thrilled that so many people are making memories of cutting their own tree this year.”

Forest officials are reminding everyone that permits are available for purchase online. Online permits are ready to print immediately after purchasing and must be visible as you remove your tree(s) from the forest.

More permits are on the way for local vendors, and they ask that you please call ahead to see if they have any in stock.

Each permit is $10 for any tree, plus a $2.50 processing fee.

Additionally, all 4th grade students receive a free Christmas tree permit as part of the Every Kid Outdoors Program. You can enter the voucher or pass number when prompted on

For more information on Christmas Tree permits, contact the Black Hills National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 605-673-9200 or online here.

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