It’s that time of year again, Black Hills National Forest Christmas Tree permits are available

CUSTER, S.D. — Black Hills National Forest Christmas Tree permits became available Thursday, and they can be purchased online, at a local Forest Service office or from private vendors throughout the Black Hills.

Purchasing Permits Online

  • Go to
  • Search for Black Hills National Forest Christmas Tree Permit (It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit).
  • Set up an account or login to complete the transaction.
  • Each permit is $10 for any tree, plus a $2.50 processing fee. Users can purchase up to five permits per account.
  • Online permits are ready to print immediately after purchasing and must be visible as trees are removed from the forest.

“As an added convenience, the Forest Service is selling permits through as an alternative to in-person transactions,” said Scott Jacobson, Black Hills National Forest Public Affairs Officer. “Whether purchased online, at Forest Service offices, or through an approved vendor, we want to make sure that everyone has convenient access to purchasing Christmas Tree permits.”

Free Christmas tree permit.

Every Kid Outdoors Program

All fourth graders throughout the United States receive a FREE Christmas tree permit, as part of the Every Kid Outdoors Program.

If utilizing the online system at, enter the voucher or pass number when prompted. Call your local Forest Service office for more information on the Every Kid Outdoors Program.

The Forest Service’s Christmas tree cutting program helps improve forest health by thinning densely populated stands of small-diameter trees. Removing these trees from the designated areas helps other trees grow larger and can improve wildlife habitat by creating open areas that provide food.

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