Christmas Tree Permits Available

Nov 15th @ 2:12 pm in Local Events, News, Public Service by Scott Staley

Christmas tree permits offered by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are now on sale. The permits allow the public to cut a Christmas tree for personal use on National Forest and BLM lands within the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests and the Uncompahgre, Grand Junction and Gunnison Field Offices of the BLM.

Tree cutters must have a valid permit with them while cutting a tree.  A BLM permit is valid for trees located on BLM lands only, just as a Forest Service permit is only valid for trees located on National Forest System lands. Permit costs range from $8 to $10 (per tree) depending on which BLM or Forest Service office issues the permit and where one plans to cut their tree. Permits come with information explaining regulations and helpful tips.  The National Forest and BLM offices also sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, species availability and any restrictions of note.  No cutting is permitted in campgrounds or other recreation/facility sites, Wilderness and/or near lakes, streams or in wetland areas.

Permits are on sale in:

COLLBRAN

The Creamery, 2177 Rodeo Road:  970.487.3511

Valley Ranch, 54454 US Hwy. 330: 970.487.3000

 

CRESTED BUTTE

Chamber of Commerce, 601 Elk Ave.: 970.349.6438

 

DELTA

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest, 2250 Highway 50:  970.874.6717

 

GRAND JUCTION

Grand Valley District, 2777 Crossroads Blvd, Suite 1:  970.242.8211

Grand Junction BLM Field Office:  970.247.4874

 

 

GUNNISON

Gunnison Ranger District, 216 N. Colorado: 970.641.0471

Gunnison Field Office, 650 South 11th Street: 970.642.4940

 

MESA

Ol’ Grand Mesa Corner Store, Hwy. 65: 970.268.5484

 

MONTROSE PUBLIC LANDS CENTER (BLM & FS)

2465 S. Townsend Ave.  970.240.5300

 

NORWOOD

Norwood Ranger District, 1150 Forest   970.327.4261

 

PAONIA

Paonia Ranger District, North Rio Grande Avenue   970.527.4131

 

 

The permits expire December 31, 2012.

Please plan ahead and be prepared for winter conditions and keep vehicles on the road (or appropriate parking area).  Some walking through snow may be necessary to get your tree; wear warm clothes and boots.  Pack emergency supplies, carry the appropriate map and leave word with friends or relatives of your planned destination.  Vehicles equipped for winter conditions with 4-wheel drive, snow tires or chains are encouraged. Start early, since winter days are shorter. Many National Forest and BLM roads are not plowed for snow removal, and even if backcountry roads are not blocked by snow, dangerous ice conditions may exist.

Additional information can be obtained by calling the BLM or Forest Service Office where you plan to purchase your permit and on the following websites:

GMUG NF: http://www.fs.usda.gov/gmug – Quick Links to “Christmas Tree Cutting Permits”

Uncompahgre BLM Field Office: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo.html.

Grand Junction Field Office: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo/christmas_tree_permits.html