NEWS RELEASE: Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) November 5, 2012 – Christmas tree permits are now available at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices in Colorado and Wyoming for $10.00.
Each permit allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest System Lands. There is a limit of five permits per household. Trees must be for personal use, not for resale. The permit must be clearly displayed around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area.
Some areas of the Forest are off limits to tree cutting or may be difficult to access. Please contact the Ranger District in the area where you will be cutting your tree for site-specific information, including road status and area restrictions.
The Forest Service would like to emphasize that cutting trees is prohibited in all Wilderness areas on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests. Additionally, tree cutting is not allowed in any part of the Pole Mountain Unit of the Laramie Ranger District.
With each passing year of the bark beetle epidemic, the threat of falling trees increases; therefore, all forest visitors are reminded to pay attention to weather forecasts, avoid areas with beetle-killed trees on high wind days, and be aware of their surroundings. 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 and Routt National Forests for many decades and there remains an abundance of young trees for visitors to establish and continue traditions. Tree cutting regulations have been established to maintain a healthy forest environment and sustainable forest management program.
Some reminders when cutting your tree include:
For more information, contact your local Forest Service office or visit http://fs.usda.gov/goto/mbr/christmastrees.