Christmas Tree Permits

 

photo of dad and small children dragging tree

Hunting for a holiday tree is a great adventure into the forest and a memorable tradition!

PERMITS:

  • Forest Service tree permits are $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.

2018 GMUG Christmas Tree Cutting Information Packet

FOURTH GRADERS!  You can get a free holiday tree as part of the "Every kid in a Park" program. Go to the website  EveryKidinPark.gov,  complete the voucher and bring the voucher or the durable pass to a Forest Service office (not a vendor) to receive a one holiday tree permit free-of-charge! Happy Tree Hunting!

PERMIT SALE DATES and CUTTING DATES: 2018 Permit sales start on November 19 and will end December 31 (4:30 PM).

PERMIT EXPIRATION DATE: Permits expire at midnight December 31, 2018

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

CUTTING REGULATIONS: 

  • Tree height maximum is 20 feet.
  • Tree may not be greater than 6 inches in diameter at the base of the tree and the stump height should be no greater than 6 inches high.
  • Topping of trees is not allowed (i.e. cutting the top of tree and leaving the lower portion with 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.

AREA REGULATIONS:

  • Cutting is permitted only on the federal lands for which the permit is issued.
  • Respect private property rights and watch for no trespassing signs – know where you are before you cut.
  • CUTTING PROHIBITED – Within administrative sites, picnic areas, campgrounds, trailheads, scenic pullouts, tree plantations, timber sales,wilderness areas, within and/or adjacent to cross country ski areas, along Forest trails and/or downhill ski areas, other areas signed or mapped as “closed to cutting” or on other areas spedific to each District. Ask before you go for any additional restricted areas.
  • Pack out your trash.

 TRAVEL REGULATIONS:

  • All Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest Travel Plan Management Restrictions apply - obtain MVUM maps at Forest Service Offices listed below.
  • Keep motorized vehicles on designated routes that are open to the mode of vehicle you are using.
  • 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 locations, away from the road right-of-way and where you can safely park and access to search for a tree.
  • Watch for logging truck traffic on plowed forest roads.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Check 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.
  • Be cautious/avoid areas with dead/dying trees that may fall without warning while cutting Christmas trees.
LOCATIONS TO OBTAIN PERMITS:
Please call vendors to be sure permits are still available, and check on business hours which may vary.

DELTA (The GMUG Supervisors' Office is closed for renovations and will not be selling christmas tree permits this year.)

The Fort Uncompahgre
440 N Palmer Drive; Delta, CO 970-874-8349
Monday through Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM

GRAND JUNCTION

Grand Valley Ranger District
2777 Crossroads Blvd. Suite 1 (970) 242-8211
Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM, excluding holidays

GUNNISON

Gunnison Ranger District
 216 N Colorado (970) 641-0471
Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding holidays

MONTROSE

Montrose Public Land Office (Ouray Ranger Disitrict)
2465 S. Townsend Ave. (970) 240-5300
Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding holidays (BLM and USFS tree permits)

NORWOOD

Norwood Ranger District
1150 Forest   (970) 327-4261 
Monday through Friday 8 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 5 PM, excluding holidays

PAONIA

Paonia Ranger District
403 North Rio Grande Avenue (970) 527-4131
Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding holidays

 

VENDORS:

Valley Ranch - 57454 Highway 330 Collbran, CO 970-487-3000
Monday thru Friday 6 AM to 6 PM; Saturday 6AM to 3 PM; Sunday 8 AM to 2 PM
 
Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply -  3217 I-70 Business Loop Clifton, CO 970-523-7515
Monday thru Saturday 7:30 AM to 7 PM; Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM
 
Desperado General Store - 40486 D Lane, Crawford, CO 970-921-5655
Monday-Friday 7AM-7PM; Saturday 7AM-6PM
 
Paonia Flower Shop - 301 Grand Ave; Paonia, CO 970-527-4664
Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM; Saturday 9AM-1PM
 
Creamery Arts Center – 165 W. Bridge Street; Hotchkiss, CO 970-872-4848
Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-5PM

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





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