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Forest service makes Christmas tree cutting permits available

Tyler Baskfield

Craig finally received a dusting of the winter white stuff and Thanksgiving Day turkeys will soon be filling kitchen ovens. It might also be time to start thinking about getting a Christmas tree and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) can help.

Martha Ketelle, White River National Forest Supervisor, and Steve Bennett, BLM acting field manager, have announced that Christmas tree cutting permits are now available from the White River National Forest and the BLM Glenwood Springs Resource Area. The permits sold by either agency will be valid for both national forest and BLM administered public land.

The cost of the permits is $10. For people who want to give out early Christmas presents, people are allowed to take up to five trees. The permits may be purchased at White River National Forests offices and the BLM office in Glenwood Springs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cutting Christmas trees will be permitted at most BLM administered lands in the Glenwood Springs Resource Area. The BLM has suggested cutting areas. Maps of the areas are available when people pick up a permit. Most national forest land within the White River National Forest is open for cutting with the following exceptions: wilderness areas, commercial timber sales, recreation areas, ski areas, administrative areas, East and West Lake Creek on the Dillon Ranger District and areas adjacent to main roads.

A Christmas tree hunt over the Thanksgiving holiday is often a great way to spend time with the family and see some of Colorado.