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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Area residents will be able to obtain permits for cutting Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management land starting Monday.

Permits are $10 per tree and may be purchased at the BLM’s Glenwood Springs Field Office, 50629 Highway 6 and 24 between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residents may cut Christmas trees on most BLM-administered lands except for the these areas: wilderness study areas, Deep Creek along Coffee Pot Road, Thompson Creek Natural Area, and Garfield Creek south of New Castle.

A map of these areas is available with the cutting permit.

It is recommended that anyone going out to cut a tree should bring a hand saw, rope, extra food, water and blankets. Tire chains, a shovel and emergency supplies are also recommended.

For more information about Christmas tree cutting on BLM lands, call

(970) 947-2800.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Fire crews will burn “slash piles” from previous fuel reduction projects this winter, the Bureau of Land Management announced this year.

Those fuel reduction projects occurred near the Canyon Creek subdivision west of Glenwood Springs and the Prince Creek subdivision south of Carbondale.

The BLM said members of the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit created “defensible space on federal lands adjacent to those subdivisions by “thinning trees and removing low branches.”

The slash from those efforts was allowed to dry for one or more seasons. The piles will be burned sometime between November and February, when weather conditions are favorable to lift smoke out of the area, the BLM said.

“We’re also waiting for snow cover to be on the ground before we begin burning,” said Project Leader Ody Anderson. “We have approximately 100 piles to burn at Canyon Creek, and about 130 at Prince Creek.”

Some of the smoke from the burning may affect homeowners for a short period of time, the agency said.

Anyone with health conditions that may be affected by short durations of smoke should contact Ody Anderson, (970) 947-2800.

The burn operations will occur Monday through Friday only, and will end two hours before Sunset, the BLM said.

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