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Christmas tree cutting permits available after Thanksgiving

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Christmas tree cutting permits will go on sale for the Pike National Forest the week after Thanksgiving.

Starting November 27 through December 15 permits will be available at the Pikes Peak Ranger District Office, which is located at 601 South Weber Street in Colorado Springs. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Each permit costs $10.00 and the maximum tree size allowed is six inches in diameter at the base of the tree. As in years past, the tree cutting area is about 10,000 acres and is northeast of Woodland Park on Rampart Range Road, it is about three miles from Woodland Park Middle School.

The permits will also be sold in Woodland Park at the middle school parking lot during the first two weekends of December. You can purchase them between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The only form of payment accepted at the Woodland Park locations will be cash or check.

The forest service wants to remind anyone who wants to cut a tree that they are native trees and not as full or shaped as the ones sold at commercial lots. There is a variety of species including lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir and Engelmann spruce. They also want to remind everyone that chainsaws are not allowed, a hand saw is recommended.

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