National Forest Christmas tree permits on sale


By Esther Godson

Special to The SUN

Christmas tree permits, which allow you to cut your own holiday tree, are on sale for $8 at the Pagosa Ranger District, 180 Pagosa St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A permit allows you to cut one tree up to 20 feet tall for personal use until Dec. 31. Permits come with a brochure with safety tips, information on which species of tree to harvest and the best places to find trees.

The Forest Service is also offering one free permit to fourth-grade students who hold a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass or paper voucher downloaded from: The free permit is only good at agency offices and the participating fourth-grader must be present.

National Forest roads are not plowed for snow removal, and icy or snow-packed conditions may exist. For information on road conditions and Christmas tree harvesting, go to