The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) and BLM offices in Grand Junction and in Montrose are currently offering permits for sale. A permit allows the public to cut a Christmas tree for personal use on national forest or BLM lands, as authorized on the permit.
BLM and Forest Service tree permits must be purchased from their respective offices and/or vendors.
Tree cutters must have a valid permit with them while cutting a tree. A BLM permit is valid for trees located on BLM lands only, just as a Forest Service permit is only valid for trees located on national forest system lands. Permit costs range from $8 to $10 (per tree) depending on which BLM or Forest Service office issues the permit and where one plans to cut their tree. Permits come with information explaining regulations and helpful tips. The national forest and BLM offices also sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, species availability and any restrictions of note. No cutting is permitted in campgrounds or other recreation/facility sites, wilderness and/or near lakes, streams or in wetland areas. This is a great opportunity for a family outing!
In Delta, tree permits can be purchased at the forest supervisor's office at 2250 Highway 50 (874-6600). Both BLM and Forest Service permits are available at the Montrose Public Lands Center, 2465 S. Townsend Avenue, Montrose. In Paonia, pick up permits from the Paonia Ranger District office on North Rio Grande Avenue (527-4131).
The permits expire Dec. 31. Please plan ahead and be prepared for winter conditions and keep vehicles on the road (or appropriate parking area). Some walking through snow may be necessary to get your tree; wear warm clothes and boots. Pack emergency supplies, carry the appropriate map and leave word with friends or relatives of your planned destination. Vehicles equipped for winter conditions with four-wheel drive, snow tires or chains are encouraged. Start early, since winter days are shorter. Many National Forest and BLM roads are not plowed for snow removal, and even if backcountry roads are not blocked by snow, dangerous ice conditions may exist.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the BLM or Forest Service office where you plan to purchase your permit.blog comments powered by Disqus