South Platte Ranger District Holiday Tree Program 2012 -- Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations for the
Holiday Tree Program 2012


  • Trees must be 6 inches or less in diameter AT GROUND LEVEL.
  • Trees must be cut 6 inches or less from ground; do not leave any live limbs on the stump.
  • Trees must be in the Buffalo Creek area of the South Platte Ranger District (refer to area map (PDF version) provided with permit). There is private land within the boundary. It is the permittees’ responsibility to make sure they are on National Forest.
  • Tag must be displayed on the tree as it is being removed more than 100 feet of the area where it was taken.
  • Permits are NON-REFUNDABLE and must be used on the date specified.  Sunday, December 9 is open to cutting for all permits as a ‘make-up’ day.


Safety Suggestions: 

  • Dress warm and be prepared for changes in weather.
  • Forest roads may be snow covered and icy. We recommend you carry chains and/or use a four wheel drive vehicle; high clearance may also be necessary.
  • Have a full tank of gas.
  • Leave pets at home.
  • Teach family members what to do in case they get lost.
  • Bring a hand saw; chain saws, axes, and power saws are not allowed.
  • Please be at the area entrance no later than 2:30 pm to allow for plenty of daylight to find and cut your tree.   The sun sets early in December and darkness falls very fast.


Rules to Follow:  Violators of the following acts may be prosecuted up to 6 months in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

  • Cutting a tree without a permit
  • “Topping” trees – Cutting only half of the tree
  • Cutting more than one tree with a single tree permit
  • Not placing your permit on the tree after you have cut it


Holiday Spirit:

Plan on making your tree cutting experience one to remember with friends and family!  Bring lots of warm clothes, a picnic lunch, cameras and Santa Clause hats!