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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 11/14/13
Contacts: Lee Ann Loupe-FS (970) 874-6717    
  Chris Joyner-BLM (970) 244-3097    
  Shannon Border-BLM (970) 240-5399    

Christmas Tree Permits On Sale (11-13-13)


Christmas tree permits are on sale! Forest Service on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) and BLM Offices in Grand Junction and in Silt are currently offering permits for sale.  BLM Christmas Tree permits at the Uncompahgre (Montrose) and Gunnison Field Offices will go on sale November 18.  A permit allows the public to cut a Christmas tree for personal use on National Forest or BLM lands, as authorized on the permit. BLM and Forest Service tree permits must be purchased from their respective offices and/or vendors.
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.  This is a great opportunity for a family outing!
Forest Service Permits are on sale in:
COLLBRAN
The Creamery, 2177 Rodeo Road:  970.487.3000
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:  970.874.6600

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: BLM Permits available 11/18
 
NORWOOD
Norwood Ranger District, 1150 Forest   970.327.4261
PAONIA
Paonia Ranger District, North Rio Grande Avenue   970.527.4131
 
SILT
Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage  Road, 970.876.9000
 
The permits expire December 31, 2013
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
Uncompahgre BLM Field Office: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo.html.
Grand Junction BLM Field Office: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html
 
Colorado River Valley Office: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo.html
 


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 11-14-2013