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.

FOURTH GRADERS!  You can get a free holiday tree as part of the Every Kid Outdoors program. Go to the website https://everykidoutdoors.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!

PERMIT SALE DATES and CUTTING DATES: 2019 Permit sales start on November 18 and will end December 31 (4:30 PM).

PERMIT EXPIRATION DATE: Permits expire at midnight December 31, 2019

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

GMUG Forest Supervisor's Office
2250 South Main St., 970-874-6600
Monday through Friday 8 AM to 1 PM, 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM, exluding holidays

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:

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

Valley Ranch - Monday thru Friday 6 AM to 6 PM; Saturday 7 AM to 3 PM; Sunday 8 AM to 2 PM; Christmas Eve 6AM to 4PM; Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
57454 Highway 330, Collbran, CO
970-487-3000

Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply - Monday thru Saturday 7:30 AM to 7 PM; Christmas Eve 7:30 AM to 4 PM; Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM;
3217-I-70 Business Loop, Clifton, CO
970-523-7515

Desperado General Store - Monday-Friday 7 AM-7 PM; Saturday 7 AM-6 PM
40486 D Lane, Crawford, CO
970-921-5655

Paonia Flower Shop - Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM; Saturday 9 AM-1 PM
301 Grand Ave, Paonia, CO
970-527-4664

Gambles Ace Hardware – Monday-Friday 7:30 AM-5 PM; Saturday 8 AM-5 PM; Sunday 9 AM-4 PM
121 Bridge Street Hotchkiss, CO
970-872-3535

Grand Mesa Lodge - 7 days a week
25861 Highway 65, Cedaredge, CO
970-856-3250

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



photo of a man dragging tree out of forest

Getting your tree out of the forest can be good exercise!


photo of people next to cut tree

All set and ready to go- dont forget to attach the permit!


photo of couple with dogs and tree

Memories are made with the tradition of visiting the forest for a Christmas tree.

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gmug/passes-permits/forestproducts/?cid=stelprdb5345974