Forest Service selling Christmas tree permits
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Christmas tree permits are on sale in Eagle County. A permit allows the public to cut a Christmas tree for personal use on National Forest lands, as authorized on the permit and the accompanying maps.
Persons cutting trees must have a valid permit with them when cutting a tree, and once the tree is cut the permit must be attached to the tree. Forest Service permits are only valid for trees located on National Forest system lands. Permit costs $10 per tree. Permits come with information explaining regulations and also giving helpful tips. The National Forest offices also sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, species availability, travel management requirements and any other restrictions of note. No cutting is permitted in campgrounds or other recreation/facility sites, wilderness and/or near lakes, streams or in wetland areas.
All Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Here are the Eagle County Ranger Districts where permits will be sold:
• Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, Eagle Office, 125 West 5th Street, Eagle, 970-328-6388 (on sale Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
• Holy Cross Ranger Office (Vail area), 24747 US Highway 24, Minturn, 970-827-5715 (on sale Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.).