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Christmas tree permits on sale

Christmas tree permits, which allow you to cut your own holiday tree on National Forest and BLM lands, are now on sale at San Juan Public Lands offices in southwestern Colorado. A permit, which costs $8, allows you to cut one tree up to 20 feet tall for personal use.

This year’s permits expire Dec. 31, 2012.

Permits come with a brochure explaining regulations and helpful tips. National Forest/BLM offices also sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, and the best species of tree to cut.

Permits are on sale locally at Pagosa Ranger District, 180 Pagosa St. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through the holidays.

National Forest and BLM roads are not plowed for snow removal, and even if backcountry roads are not closed due to snow, dangerous ice conditions may exist. Call the San Juan Public Lands Center at 247-4874 for up-to-date information on road conditions.  More information and tips on how to cut your Christmas tree on public lands are available on the San Juan National Forest webpage under Quick Links at www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan

This story was posted on November 19, 2012.