Bureau of Land Management selling permits to cut Christmas trees in the Uncompahgre Field Office

MONTROSE, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be offering permits to cut your own Christmas tree on BLM-administered lands in the Uncompahgre Field Office now through Dec. 24. Permits are valid for piñon pines or junipers and may be purchased in person for $8 per tree. In an effort to promote forest regeneration and stand health, permits do not authorize the cutting of ponderosa pines.

“During a time when social distancing has become a big consideration, getting outside to cut a tree on your public lands is one holiday tradition that families can still safely enjoy,” noted BLM Uncompahgre Field Manager Greg Larson.

To purchase a permit, call ahead to the Montrose Public Lands Center front desk at (970) 240-5300 and provide the requested information, including the number of permits you wish to purchase (up to five). Bring cash, credit card, or check to the Montrose Public Lands Center, 2505 South Townsend Avenue, Montrose from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Park in one of the stalls located near the information kiosk and flagpole and call to let the front desk know that you have arrived. A member of the inter-agency visitor services staff will process your payment and deliver your permit without having to leave your car.

Permit holders are reminded to keep your permit with you at all times while cutting and transporting your tree. The BLM recommends taking a handsaw, eye protection, rope or twine, extra food, water, and blankets when heading out to cut your tree. Tire chains, a shovel, and emergency supplies are also advised. Watch the weather conditions and let someone know where you will be and when to expect you back.

Maps and information about cutting areas will be provided upon purchase of a Christmas tree permit. For more information about cutting trees on BLM-administered lands in the Uncompahgre Field Office, call (970) 240-5300. For information on obtaining a tree-cutting permit for U.S. Forest Service lands in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison national forests, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gmug/home/?cid=stelprdb5345974.


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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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