Christmas tree permits available starting Monday

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National forest Christmas tree permits are available starting Monday at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.

For $10, anyone can buy a permit to cut a tree in approved areas of National Forest land.

Most National Forest land is fair game, but several high-profile areas are off limits: Trees cannot be cut from Steamboat Ski Area, Fish Creek Falls Recreation Area, Thunder Basin National Grassland or any designated wilderness areas.

Some tree-cutting guidelines:

• Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of roads or within 200 feet of campgrounds, picnic areas or scenic pullouts

• Maximum tree height is 20 feet

• Maximum stump height is 6 inches

“Christmas tree cutting can benefit crowded stands of trees and, if done properly, will not create an eyesore in the woods," according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture website. "There are several species available in the area. We recommend sub-Alpine fir and lodgepole pine. Engelmann spruce dries up and loses its needles considerably faster than the other trees.”

For more information, call the Hahn’s Peak-Bears Ears Forest Service office in Steamboat Springs at 970-870-2299.

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