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Christmas Tree permits available Nov 20

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Christmas Tree permits are being offered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service (USFS) starting Nov 20.

A BLM permit is valid for trees located on BLM lands within the Royal Gorge Field Office.

A USFS permit is valid for trees located on National Forest System lands within the boundaries of the San Isabel National Forest. Tree cutters must have a valid permit with them while cutting and transporting a tree.

Trees may not be cut within the wilderness area, wilderness study area, timber sale area, or administrative sites such as developed campgrounds. Additional guidelines, tips, and maps of suggested cutting are available with a purchased permit.

There are several species of trees available depending on location.

Permits may be purchased between Mon-Fri at the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office and the San Carlos Ranger District located at 3028 E. Main St in Canon City. The cost for a permit is $10 per tree with a limit of two trees per household.

BLM permits can also be purchased at the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Visitor Center at 307 W Sackett Ave in Salida, Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

USFS permits for the San Carlos Ranger District may be purchased at the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Supervisor's office at 2840 Kachina Dr in Pueblo. The hours are Mon-Fri from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Permits will be available at the USFS offices in Westcliffe, call (719) 783-2079. For the La Veta office call (719) 742-3681, the offices don't have established hours so call before stopping by.

Tree species include: 

  • Douglas-fir
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Lodgepole Pine
  • Pinon Pine
  • White Fir
  • Rocky Mountain Juniper 

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