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Online purchase of Christmas tree permits encouraged by Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

A decorated Christmas Tree that was cut down at Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest in 2019.
A decorated Christmas Tree that was cut down at Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest in 2019.(Grace Foulk)
Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 12:29 AM CST
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Laramie, Wyo. (Release) - Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests in northwest Colorado and southeastern Wyoming are available to purchase online through Recreation.gov. Details and regulations can be found on the Forests’ web site.

Online permit sales are a convenience provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service for visitors as an alternative to in-person transactions at offices.

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. The cost of the permit plus 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-graders that have a valid EKO pass. Vouchers for an EKO pass can be obtained at EveryKidOutdoors.gov. For fourth-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. Regulations include things like: Use boughs from the lower section of the tree you cut, not from other live trees.

The Forest Service would like to emphasize that cutting trees is prohibited in all Wilderness 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 with a winter vehicle kit.

Christmas tree cutting has been a treasured tradition on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and a permitted forest use for many decades. Tree cutting regulations have been established to maintain a healthy forest environment and sustainable forest management program.

Contact your local Forest Service office for site-specific information and office hours.

  • 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 on the Forests’ Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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