Christmas tree cutting permits available
RIFLE – Let’s face it; sometimes fake ones just don’t cut it.The beauty of living in the mountains is that you can cut your own, live Christmas tree – with a permit, of course.Christmas tree cutting permits are now available from the Rifle Ranger District on the White River National Forest. Permits can be purchased at the Rifle District office at 0094 County Road 244 in Rifle, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Permits can also be purchased during evening and weekend hours at Miller’s Dry Goods Store on 118 E. Third St. in Rifle. Permits cost $10 per tree with a maximum of five trees per individual. Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold. Permits can be purchased at any White River National Forest office or the BLM Field Office in Glenwood Springs. Contact your local Ranger District or BLM office for details on when the permits will be available.Christmas tree cutting is allowed in most areas of the Rifle Ranger District as well as BLM-administered lands in the Glenwood Springs Resource Area. Cutting is prohibited in wilderness areas, developed recreation and ski areas, administrative areas, logging areas and Glenwood Canyon. Maps are also available.For additional information, please contact the Rifle Ranger District at 625-2371 or the Glenwood Springs BLM office at 947-2800.
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