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Christmas tree cutting permits now available at USFS offices

Enterprise staff report

For those who want to trek into the wilderness to find a perfect Christmas tree, White River National Forest tree permits are now available at area ranger district offices.

Forest Service ranger districts on the White River National Forest offer permits for sale but no permits will be available for sale at the supervisor’s office. A permit allows members of 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 in their possession 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.

Locally permits will be sold at:

Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District

Eagle Office

125 West 5th Street

Eagle, CO 81631

970-328-6388 (on sale Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm)

Holy Cross Ranger Office (Vail area)

24747 US Highway 24

Minturn, CO 81645

970-827-5715 (on sale Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, closed for lunch 12:30-1:30pm)