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Forest Service offers tree permits for holidays in Medicine Bow National Forest

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Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 11:52 PM CST
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests in northwest Colorado and southeastern Wyoming are now available to purchase online through Recreation.gov. Details and regulations can be found on the Forests' web site.

The USDA Forest Service decided to add permit sales to Recreation.gov as an added convenience for visitors, as well as provide an alternative to in-person transactions at offices that remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are limited opportunities for in-person transactions this year. Contact your local Forest Service office for details.

To purchase a Christmas Tree permit online, visit Recreation.gov/tree-permits/mbr. It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. A $2.50 processing fee will be applied to on-line transactions.

Each permit costs $10 and allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest System Lands, with a five permit per household limit. Trees must be for personal use, not for resale. Permits from online sales must be printed and displayed on the dash of the vehicle. Tags purchased in person must be clearly displayed around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area.

The Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) initiative is offering one free Christmas tree permit to fourth and fifth-graders that have a valid EKO pass. Vouchers for an EKO pass can be obtained at EveryKidOutdoors.gov. For fourth and fifth-graders to obtain a free tree permit, visit Recreation.gov to apply using the Every Kid Outdoors pass/voucher by checking the box indicating you have a pass and entering the pass or voucher number (a $2.50 processing fee will be applied).

Some areas of the Forest are off limits to tree cutting or may be difficult to access. View regulations or contact the Ranger District in the area where you will be cutting your tree for site-specific information, including road status and area restrictions. Be aware that wildfire area closures are still in place. See InciWeb for information on current fire closures.

The Forest Service would like to emphasize that cutting trees is prohibited in all Wilderness areas and developed recreation sites on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests.

Forest visitors are reminded to pay attention to weather forecasts, avoid areas with beetle-killed or fire-weakened trees on high wind days, be aware of their surroundings, and check maps to know their location. Weather conditions can change quickly, so be prepared. Dress for winter conditions and have your vehicle equipped adequately.

Christmas tree cutting has taken place on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests for many decades and there remains an abundance of young trees for visitors to obtain. Tree cutting regulations have been established to maintain a healthy forest environment and sustainable forest management program.

For more information and alternate sales locations, contact your local Forest Service office. Our offices are serving the public remotely and are available by phone.

  • Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District, Saratoga, Wyo., (307) 326-5258
  • Douglas Ranger District, Douglas, Wyo., (307) 358-4690
  • Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District, Steamboat Springs, Colo., (970) 870-2299
  • Forest Supervisor’s Office & Laramie Ranger District, Laramie, Wyo., (307) 745-2300
  • Parks Ranger District, Walden, Colo., (970) 723-2700
  • Yampa Ranger District, Yampa, Colo., (970) 638-4516

Additional information may be found on our website or you can follow the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland on Twitter, @FS_MBRTB.

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