It’s that time of year again, when you can get a permit from the Bureau of Land Management to head out with saw in hand and cut down your own Christmas Tree.
NewsChannel 5’s Camila Barco headed out with Chris Joyner from the Grand Junction BLM office to check out the tree situation this year. They brought back a beauty from Glade Park that will soon grace the outside of our TV station’s building. Here’s all the info you need if you want to head out to get your own tree.
The Bureau of Land Management is offering permits for cutting Christmas trees on public lands within designated areas of the Grand Junction Field Office starting today.
Permits are $10 per tree and may be purchased at the Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Permits are also available seven days a week at the Glade Park Store (intersection of DS and 16.5 Rd).
Pinyon pine and junipers are the only types of trees that may be cut. More than one permit may be purchased at a time for family and friends, but the trees themselves are intended for personal use and may not be resold.
Areas designated for cutting Christmas trees are within an hour’s drive of Grand Junction, depending on weather and road conditions. Directions, a map and a list of rules will be provided with the permit. All areas will require parking along the road, walking in, and carrying out the tree. Cross country motorized travel to retrieve a tree is not permitted.
Be sure to bring along a hand saw, rope or twine, extra food, water and blankets.
The BLM also recommends you share your off-road plans with someone when you venture onto your public lands in the winter. Many of the areas will have limited vehicle access depending on snow depths. Weather and road conditions can change quickly. Four-wheel drive vehicles equipped with tire chains, a shovel and emergency supplies are recommended for all cutting areas.
For more information, call the BLM information desk 970 244-3000.