WyoFile community engagement manager Elyse Guarino prepares for the last leg of her miles-long Christmas-tree-hunting expedition into the Shoshone National Forest and the Wind River Range near South Pass. (Landon Blanchard)

A “ghost of Christmas past” for much of the country, the tradition of finding and cutting one’s Christmas tree from the forest is still alive, well and widely practiced in Wyoming.

Though, to be fair, not all holiday icon do-it-yourselfers take pursuit of the perfect evergreen as far as WyoFile’s community engagement manager Elyse Guarino. Pictured here with her prize, Guarino prepares for the trip out after a miles-long ski into the Shoshone National Forest and the Wind River Range near South Pass.

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The National Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management both offer the requisite tree-cutting permits for a nominal fee — legwork not included.

Matthew Copeland

Matthew Copeland is the chief executive & editor of WyoFile. Contact him at matthew@wyofile.com or (307) 287-2839. Follow Matt on Twitter at @WyoCope

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