Cutting your own Christmas tree on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Many would rather cut their own Christmas tree. Still, you cannot chop down any tree you see. There are rules as well as regulations, and you must first get a permit.

Each holiday season, hundreds of Christmas tree permits are sold.  They can be picked up in-person from a variety of vendors in the Grand Valley:

Fort Uncompahgre in Delta, Valley Ranch in Collbran, Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply in Clifton, Desperado General Store in Crawford, Paonia Flower Shop in Paonia, Gambles Ace Hardware in Bridge Street Hotchkiss, Grand Mesa Lodge in Cedaredge, and Odin Gear Depot in Mesa, CO.

Or, something new is you can purchase a permit online at recreation. gov. To these additions, Kimberlee Phillips, from Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests, says, “Christmas brings hope and unity. We wanted to try to make it easier, especially during the year of the pandemic.” 

In addition, permits are $8, and valid from November 13th until December 31st. Each household is limited to 5 permits, and resale is not allowed; they are for personal use only. Plus, once in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, or Gunnison National Forests, trees can be chopped as long as they are under 20ft in height and 6 inches in diameter.

The Forest Service says there are plenty of trees for folks to cut this year for the holiday, and before you hit the highway, they recommend checking the road conditions, filling your car up with gas, making sure you have the proper tools, and wearing warm clothes.

For more information about Christmas Tree Permits, visit the US Department of Agriculture’s website.

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