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Cutting Down a Christmas Tree

Admin KTLaw - Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas is just around the corner, and for many people that means it's time to go find that perfect Christmas tree. Here is some information regarding how to get the perfect tree in a legal way. 

How to get a permit:
  • -US Forest Service selling permits for $10
  • -Can be Picked up at Steamboat Forest Service off at 925 Weiss Dr. or 300 Roselawn St.
  • -Offices open Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM
-Contact the Douglas Ranger District, or Yampa Ranger District to purchase permits by mail. 

  • Rules of the permit:
  • -Expires December 31st of the year purchased in
  • -For personal use only; can't be sold or distributed
  • -Must be displayed clearly around stem of the harvested tree before leaving site
  • -Can only be used on National Forest Property

  • Rules of cutting down tree:
  • -Cannot be within 200 ft of campgrounds
  • -Cannot be within 100 ft of roads
  • -Maximum tree heigh=20 ft
  • -Maximum tree diameter=6 in (whichever one is lowest)
  • -Suggested not to cut trees that are standing alone

  • Safety Suggestions:

    -Check with local Forest Service for recent site and road information

    -Park safely on highway or pullout

    -Check maps to be sure of your location

    -Stay out of forest when there are strong winds

    -Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back

    -There may not be cell phone service

    -Dress warmly

    -Bring extra food, water, a blanket, and first aid kit

    It is illegal to cut down a christmas tree on national forest without a permit, so get yourself a permit and start chopping!

    Kathleen O'Connell



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