It’s Christmas Tree Time!

Montana Christmas Tree

It’s the most wonderful time of year, especially in Montana, when the first flurries of snow start to fall down from the sky. The weather is not too cold and definitely not too hot, but perfect for a hot cup of cocoa with marshmallows on top. Now that Thanksgiving has past, for many households it is time to put up the Christmas Tree. Pull out the Christmas Tree stand, find the tree skirt and all of the ornaments and of course purchase some more of the ornament hooks, where they go we’ll never know. So, in Montana, the real question is do you purchase a Christmas Tree or do you go and get your own?  

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree – Cutting Down Your Own

Before you head out to the parks and find the perfect Christmas Tree, you actually will need to get a permit. You can actually cut down up to three trees from Thursday, October 14, 2021 through Friday, December 31, 2021, if you get a Flathead National Forest Christmas Tree Permit. You can get your permit online – HERE – but it will cost a service fee of $2.50, but if you go to any National Forest Office, you can get a permit without the service fee. In Kalispell, you can go to the Flathead National Forest Supervisor’s Office located at 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT 59901. Click HERE to see all locations.  

It is very important to make sure that you go to the right place to select your Christmas Tree. If you are unsure of the Forest boundary, maps showing ownership are available at Flathead National Forest offices – Click HERE. Do not cut on private land, in wilderness areas, designated campgrounds, or existing tree plantations.

Did you know that you can actually help the forest by cutting down your own Christmas Tree? “Christmas trees cut to thin overcrowded stands can be beneficial. As young stands of trees mature, they are constantly competing for more space. By cutting your Christmas tree from dense groups around the more vigorous trees, the remaining trees will grow faster to make our future forest,” according to the Forest Service.  Tree species that are prohibited from harvesting for Christmas trees: whitebark pine, white pine, western red cedar. 

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Need to Know
Where to Cut Your Tree

  • Your permit allows you to cut Christmas trees on National Forest land in Montana and Northern Idaho.
  • Do not cut on private land, in wilderness areas, designated campgrounds, or posted timber sales.
  • Please cut your Christmas tree from an overcrowded stand of trees in meadows.
  • Do not cut trees within 100 feet of main roads, streams, or recreation sites.

Selecting Your Tree
Each forest has limitations on the size of the tree you can cut and the species of trees that are permitted. See below to help you measure and choose a tree that meets your permit’s guidelines.

  • Tree Height: 12 feet maximum.
  • Stump height: 6 inches maximum. Remove and scatter all limbs from the portion of the tree you leave behind.
  • No cutting of 5 needle pines. (i.e. 5 needles in one cluster)
  • Take the whole tree. Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree.

If snow is on the ground, remove it from around the stump so you can accurately measure the stump and tree height.

Learn more – HERE

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Libby, Montana

Libby Montana City of Eagles

The city of Libby in Montana is known as the “City of Eagles,” and was settled in the 1880’s, Libby has about 2,750 residents and is located on Kootenai River shadowed by the Cabinet Mountains.

The city has a long history of mining and timber industry, but has transitioned over the years to tourism. As a city known as the City of Eagles, several eagle sculptures can be found around town including three 60 foot eagles.

From hiking and fishing to great food, skiing, camping and shopping, Libby is a great place to explore. Stop by the Libby Heritage Museum and check out an original locomotive, view the beautiful waterfalls at Kootenai Falls, and then see if you have what it takes to cross the Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge.

 

Explore Libby, Montana

Do you like hiking? Libby has over 200 trails where you can explore and see nature peacefully. You can walk through ancient cedar groves that are lined with giant ferns or you can explore The Kootenai. Kootenai Falls and the Kootenai Falls Suspension Bridge are both a site to behold.  If that is not enticing enough, the wildlife is amazing offering great opportunities to catch a glimpse of Bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, elk , black bears, bobcats, mountain lions, osprey and of course bald eagles.

Libby, Montana Kootenai Falls

Do you enjoy fishing, boating and hunting? The Kootenai River flows year round because of the Libby Dam which means there are great opportunities for the fishing enthusiast.  Lake Koocanusa likes half way between the US and Canada. It has over 200 miles of accessible shoreline which is perfect for boating. Hunting is a way of life in Montana and the hunting in the Kootenai is great with over 6,000 acres to explore.  There are also hundreds of campgrounds to choose from in the area. If you like golf, check out the 18 hole course at the foot of the Cabinet Wilderness. 

Libby Kootenai Suspension Bridge

How about skiing and snowmobiling? Libby is not crowed which means you can choose your own adventure as you cross-country ski through groomed trails with spectacular views of Yaak and Kootenai. Grab a helmet and explore the area on a snowmobile. Each ride is unique offering an experience that will be remembered. Turner Mountain has over 300 inches of snowfall per year. It is a volunteer run located 23 miles north of Libby with one double chairlift and about 300 acres. The mountain is open Friday through Sunday only so plan ahead. 

Libby Montana Museum

Is shopping and eating more of your style? If you like antiquing, there are some great deals in Libby. Stop by Left Hand Antiques and Curios, Red Barn Antiques and even the thrift stores. You may find a treasure that you must add to your collection. There are lots of great gift shops filled with local hand-made items from quilts to huckleberry jam. You will not go hungry in Libby with great local restaurants like Henry’s Restaurant, The Last Straw Café, and the Burger Express….just to mention a few. Ask the locals, they will tell you a great place to stop in for a bite.  Don’t forget to stop into the Heritage Museum, it is a wonderful place to explore and learn about the history of Libby, Montana. 

Libby is a great place to check out in Montana, but don’t read about, visit Libby, Montana.  There are lots of great resources to learn more about Libby, Montana. Check out LibbyMT.com, City of Libby Website, or the Libby Chamber Website.

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Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the park

Get your blanket and maybe some lawn chairs and head on over to the Depot Park for free outdoor concerts. This summer, the Kalispell Parks & Recreation Concert Series is hosting Picnic in the Park on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoons. The free concerts take place in Kalispell’s downtown Depot Park. There will also be lots of great food vendors to complement the great live musical lineup.

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Check out all of the grand bands and talent at the Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park Music Lineup

The Picnic in the Park has a great musical lineup.

On Tuesdays from 6-8pm, the following bands and musicians will play:

July 13 – Jamie Wyman Band
July 20 – The Groove Riders
July 27 – Mynxx
August 3 – Levi Blom
August 10 – Winnie Brave
August 17 – Man and the Box

On Wednesday afternoons from 11:30 until 1:30pm, the following musicians will play:

July 7 – John Dunnigan
July 14 –  Willow Stephens
July 21 – Miller Campbell
July 28 – Eric Alan
August 4 – Kevin Van Dort

Kalispell Parks and Recreation maintain over 445 acres of parkland and natural open space that range from large urban and community parks to mini parks.  Whether your recreation tastes trend towards a park with playgrounds and sports amenities, flower gardens, a free concert, walking trails or a quiet undeveloped place to enjoy trees and birds, Kalispell has something to offer everyone. Parks are opened from 6am until 11pm. Learn more about the parks – HERE

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406.Buzz is your best resource for the latest events happening around the Montana Flathead Valley area. From Kalispell and Whitefish to Eureka and Columbia Falls, we’ve got the hottest events, best outdoor activities, restaurant lists, and so much more.  From farmers’ markets and breweries to festivals, music events and family fun entertainment, we know all the buzz happening around town.

Whether you are a local or a visitor, we have all the insider information on the best places to check out every day of the week. Check our calendar – HERE – and get in the buzz!