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For Immediate Release: November 30, 2004 
Contact: Mel Lloyd: 970-244-3097

BLM and Forest Service Christmas tree permits available

MONTROSE, CO—Bureau of Land Management and Ouray Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service Christmas tree permits went on sale Monday, Nov. 22 at the Montrose Interagency Office, 2505 S. Townsend Ave.  Permits will be available 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Interagency office.  The deadline for purchasing a permit is Thursday, Dec. 23.  All permits expire Dec. 25.

Permit cost is $8 per tree.  Pinyon and juniper are available for harvesting on BLM and Subalpine fire, Engelmann spruce, Pinyon pine, Douglas-Fir, Ponderosa Pine and Rocky Mountain Juniper can be cut on Forest Service-managed lands.  At the time of purchase, you will receive a map and travel directions, as well as rules for cutting your tree.  Cutting is permitted on all public lands except those areas signed as the following: closed, developed campgrounds, wilderness areas, or Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.  Cutting is not permitted on tree plantations or on private land. 

Trees are for personal use only and may not be resold.  The same individual may purchase more than one permit for friends and family.  All areas will require parking along the road, walking in and carrying the tree out.  Cross-country motorized travel to retrieve a tree is not allowed.

Play it safe.  Make sure your vehicle is equipped with tire chains, a shovel and emergency supplies such as extra food and blankets.  Many of the areas will have limited vehicle access depending on snow depths.  Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for all cutting areas.  Be aware of changing weather and road conditions before you head out to find your Christmas tree.

For more information, call the Montrose Interagency Information Desk at 970-240-5300.



Last updated: 12-26-2007