406dad: Cutting Your Own Christmas Tree
One of the great Montana holiday experiences for children of all ages is cutting down your own Christmas tree. About half of all National Forests in the United States allow you to cut down a holiday Christmas tree with a permit and a nominal fee of approximately $10 dollars.
Lolo National Forest permits are free this year, but a permit is still required. If you know someone with privately owned forest land, then of course no permit is required.
Christmas tree harvesting is often encouraged depending on the location in order to help thin forests and encourage the growth of other flora that need more sunlight. It’s generally advisable to select trees under 12 feet tall.
Not much detail on this adventure – grab a hatchet, axe and chainsaw and find just the right tree you think looks pretty and will fit in your living room!
Plenty of adult supervision and safety precautions (such as eye protection) are essential of course. Tag your tree, and carefully secure it to your vehicle for the drive home.