Tree-cutting permits going on sale
Christmas tree permits will go on sale starting Monday with the exception of the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, for which permits go on sale Nov. 28.
All Forest Service ranger districts on the White River National Forest will offer permits for sale. No permits will be available for sale at the supervisor’s office. A permit allows the holder to cut a Christmas tree for personal use on National Forest lands, as authorized on the permit and the accompanying map(s).
People must have a valid permit with them when cutting a tree. Once the tree is cut, the permit must be attached to the tree. Forest Service permits are valid only for trees located on National Forest System lands. Permit costs $10 per tree.
Permits come with information explaining regulations and also giving helpful tips. The National Forest offices also sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, species availability, travel management requirements and any other restrictions of note.
No cutting is permitted in campgrounds or other recreation/facility sites, wilderness and/or near lakes, streams or in wetland areas.
In Garfield County, permits will be sold in Carbondale and Rifle:
Aspen-Sopris Ranger District
620 Main St., Carbondale, 970-963-2266
M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sales for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger Station will not begin until Nov. 28. Forest Service Road 300 off of Four Mile is a preferred cutting location for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District.
Rifle Ranger District
0094 County Road 244, Rifle, 970-625-2371
M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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