It’s that time of year again.

The U.S. Forest Service has announced that Christmas tree permits are available across southwestern Montana, including at the agency’s district offices and several stores.

Permits cost $5, unless you’re in fourth grade.

As part of “Every Kid Outdoors,” fourth graders nationwide are receiving free tree permits.

Permit holders can cut a tree anywhere on national forest land except in designated wilderness areas, campgrounds, trailheads, posted timber sale units, recently planted locations and administrative sites.

Ranger district offices in Bozeman, Livingston, Gardiner, Ennis and West Yellowstone are selling the permits.

They’re also available at the following stores:

n Belgrade: Town & Country, Belgrade Ace Hardware

n Big Sky: Big Sky Conoco and Ace Hardware

n Bozeman: Owenhouse Ace Hardware, (downtown & Huffine); Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply (both locations)

n Gardiner: Gardiner Market

n Livingston: Ace Hardware

n West Yellowstone: Cenex Corner Store

n Ennis: True Value Hardware

n Harrison: Wheat and Thistle

Michael Wright can be reached at or at 582-2638.