Fri Dec 4th, 2020
Tags: christmas tree, Douglas Fir, Forestry Division, National Forest and Bureau of Land Management offices, National Forest/BLM offices, Pinyon Pine, Ponderosa Pine, San Juan Public Lands Office, Southern Ute Forestry office, Southern Ute tribal member, Spruce tree, Subalpine Fir tree, Visitor Information Specialists, White Fir tree
Christmas tree permits are now on sale at National Forest and Bureau of Land Management offices and selected retail outlets in Southwest Colo. Permits come with a brochure explaining regulations and helpful tips.
National Forest/BLM offices sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, and the best species of tree to cut. Stop by one of our offices in Durango, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs or Dolores, Colo. Our friendly and knowledgeable Visitor Information Specialists can show you samples of the branches of different tree species to help you select the species of tree best for your holidays. They also have maps to point out the best places for you to get your special tree.
Buy a Christmas Tree Permit
A permit costs eight dollars to harvest one tree up to 20 feet tall for personal use. Permits expire on Dec. 31 for the year they were purchased (the color of the tags changes each year). Forest Service/BLM Permits are good only for the year in which they are purchased and are not valid for state, tribal, or private land. You can purchase up to five permits for personal use harvest (not for resale). Harvest must take place on the type of public land you designate on the permit (either BLM or National Forest).
Permits are on sale this year at:
Select the Tree Best for You
You can actually help public land agencies manage for forest health by selecting the right species of tree for your harvest. The below species regenerate easily in the San Juan Forest and are wonderful as Christmas trees. Please harvest these species:
Select the Tree Best for the Forest
There are other species of tree which do not regenerate as easily as those above and need protection from harvest. You are not allowed to harvest the below species, because they only regenerate when certain conditions all line up at the right time, including a good cone crop, moisture, sunlight and good soil. For these reasons, southwestern Colorado has an inadequate number of young trees in these species. The species below play a very important role in providing wildlife habitat and will be our forests of the future.
Select the Right Size of Tree
Your Christmas tree permit allows you to cut a tree up to 20 feet tall. Please take the time to find just the perfect tree for your needs by choosing a tree as close to the size you want as possible. Never disfigure trees in the forest by cutting off just the top of a standing tree, or by cutting down a tree and then take only its top.
Cut It Correctly
Please try to leave no more than a six-inch stump. You can do this by taking a shovel with you so you can dig down through the snow to ground level and cut the trunk off as close to the ground as possible. Do not leave live branches on the remaining stump. This leaves the forest looking as natural as possible.
Tag Your Tree
Attach your permit to the trunk or branches before you move your tree. Make sure the tag is as visible as possible when you load the tree on or in your vehicle. You want the tag to be visible for forest officers to see. You can be fined for removing an untagged tree from federal lands without a permit.
General Rules – You Cannot Cut Trees:
Specific Areas Where You Cannot Cut Trees:
NEAR PAGOSA SPRINGS:
Be prepared for winter – be safe out there!
SOUTHERN UTE TRIBAL MEMBERS
Cutting Your Own Christmas Tree
A free-use permit cutting permit may obtained from the Forestry office (by appointment due to COVID-19) for all interested Southern Ute Tribal members that wish to harvest a Christmas tree from the reservation.
The tree species suitable for Christmas trees on the reservation include ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, white fir, and pinon pine. Ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, white fir, and pinon pine may be found on the east side of the reservation. There is also an abundance of pinon pine on the west side of the reservation.
All of the cutting regulations are attached to the permit issued by the Forestry Division and interested Tribal members may contact Forestry’s Executive assistant at 970-563-4780 to make an appointment.
Our approved office hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.