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Christmas tree permits available

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Christmas tree permits are available from the White River National Forest.

The cost per permit is $10 and may be purchased with cash, check or credit card at office locations. There is a maximum of five tree permits per person. Permits will be sold through Dec. 23 at the U.S. Forest Service office locations listed below.

Christmas tree cutting is allowed in most areas on the White River National Forest with the following exceptions: Wilderness areas, Scenic Byways, Glenwood Canyon, the Maroon Bells Scenic Area, commercial timber sale areas, recreation and ski areas, campgrounds, trailheads, developed sites and administrative areas. Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of any road or trail. Maps showing where Christmas tree cutting is allowed are available at all offices where permits are sold, and will be provided with permits along with a regulations list.

Tree Regulations

Trees must be less than 15 feet tall from the stump, may not be greater than 6 inches in diameter at the base of the tree, and the stump height should be no greater than 6 inches high. Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold. The tags must be attached to the tree at the cutting location and must be left on the tree until it arrives at its final destination.

Summer and winter Motor Vehicle Use Maps have been produced for the entire forest and show forest roads, trails and areas that have been designated for closures and over-snow motor vehicle use. Motorized users are responsible for obtaining a map to determine where one can drive, ride and recreate. These maps are free and are available at ranger stations or on the Forest Service website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/whiteriver/recreation.

Snow and winter conditions will dictate road access for Christmas tree harvesting. Conditions associated with winter travel on forest roads may include heavy snow, ice, soft shoulders and constantly changing road conditions.

Permit sale locations:

• Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District, Holy Cross Ranger Station: 24747 US Highway 24, Minturn. Hours are from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• The Eagle Ranger Station office, 125 West 5th Street in Eagle, has been closed to the public, but will reopen Fridays through Dec. 18 from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., as well as Saturdays Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.