Christmas Tree Cutting


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Happy Holidays from the Employees of the GMUG National Forest! 

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PERMITS: 2013 Permit Information (print)

  • $8.00 each.
  • One tree per permit.
  • Limit 5 permits per household.
  • For personal use only - not for resale.
  • All sales final and non-refundable.


  • 2013 Permit sales start on November 7 and will end December 31 (4:30 PM). 
  • Locations -  Supervisors Office, Ranger Districts. and locations below.
  • During posted business hours which vary by district office - please call  (generally offices are open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm)
  • Offices are closed on observed holidays; Nov 11, Nov 28, and December 25; and offices close early (3:00 PM on Nov 27 and Dec 24.

CUTTING DATES: November 7- December 31, 2013

PERMIT EXPIRATION DATE: Permits expire at midnight December 31, 2013

TREE SPECIES: Subalpine fir, Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine, Pinyon pine, Juniper-local restrictions may apply - ask at local district offices. (Tree Species Identification Guide)

PERMIT REGULATIONS (Print this page with special cutting regulations by District - Attachment 1)


  • This permit only authorizes the cutting of trees 6 inches (or less) in trunk diameter, measured at 6 inches above ground level – please ensure that all live limbs attached to cut stump have been cut off to prevent re-growth.
  •  Topping of trees is not allowed (i.e. cutting only the top of tree and leaving the bottom with live limbs attached).
  •  Tag tree(s) before leaving the cutting area - rap tag around a large sturdy lower limb or tree trunk – each tag has adhesive on backside to ensure firm grip.
  •  Permits must be clearly visible on trees when transporting by vehicle.


  • Cutting is permitted only on National Forest System lands.
  •  Respect private property rights and watch for no trespassing signs – know where you are before you cut.
  • CUTTING RECOMMENDED – Within powerline corridors, fuels treatment areas, densely tree stocked areas – maps (below) show recommended cutting areas by geographic area and Attachment 1 indicates suitable cutting areas by Ranger District. 
  • CUTTING PROHIBITED – Within administrative sites, picnic areas, campgrounds, trailheads, scenic pullouts, tree plantations, wilderness areas, other areas signed on ground or mapped as “Closed to Christmas Tree Cutting” – maps below show other prohibited cutting areas.
  •  Pack out your trash.

2013 Map of the GMUG Ranger Districts and Christmas Tree Cutting Areas (below):

Grand Mesa
Paonia Areas

Additional Tree Cutting Regulations by District (Attachment)


  • All Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest Travel Plan Management Restrictions apply - obtain maps at Forest Service Offices listed below.
  • Keep to designated routes that are open to vehicular traffic.
  • Do not drive on designated and groomed snowmobile trails - designated routes are closed when there is sufficient snow to maintain trail grooming with snow equipment.
  • Park in a safe location and out of traffic path.


  • Call a district office road conditions, for local weather and travel advisory information.
  • Four-wheel drive vehicle or chains.
  • Full tank of gas.
  • Handsaw, axe, shovel for digging snow.
  • Tarp, rope or tie-downs.
  • Dress appropriately for winter weather.
  • Sled, snowshoes are advisable at higher elevations.
  • First-aid kit, food, extra water, blanket, warm liquids.

 Where to Obtain Permits:

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, & Gunnison National Forest Offices:

Business Hours vary please call for times, Monday – Friday (closed on observed holidays -Nov 28, Dec 25, 2013). Some offices will close early (3:00PM) on Nov 27 and December 24, 2013.

  • Forest Supervisor’s Office, 2250 Hwy 50, Delta: 970-874-6600
  • Norwood District, 1150 Forest St., Norwood: 970-327-4261
  • Ouray District, 2505 S. Townsend, Montrose: 970-240-5400
  • Grand Valley District, 2777 Crossroads Blvd, Grand Junction: 970-242-8211
  • Gunnison District, 216 N. Colorado, Gunnison: 970-641-0471 (7:30 am - 4:30 pm)
  • Paonia District, 403 N. Rio Grande Ave, Paonia: 970-527- 4131


Christmas tree permits may also be obtained at the following cooperating vendors, please call ahead to be sure they have a supply of permits:

Business hours may vary, please call ahead

Ol' Grand Mesa Corner Market - HWY 65 Mesa, CO

  • (970) 268-5484
  • Monday closed
  • Tues. noon-7:00 pm
  • Wed. – Sat. -8:00 am-7:00 pm
  • Sunday 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Valley Ranch - 54454 US 330, Collbran, CO

  • (970) 487-3000
  • Weekdays 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Creamery-Collbran Colo. (as of 12/23/2013 Creamery are out of permits)

  • (970) 487-3511
  • Monday-Friday – 6am-7pm
  • Saturday 7am-7pm
  • Sunday- Closed

Paonia - Paonia Farm and Home Supply (downtown Paonia)

Other locations to obtain BLM and Forest Service Christmas Tree Cutting Permits.  

The Christmas Tree program is a Recreation Enhancement Act project. Funds collected are retained on the Forest for management of the Christmas Tree program.