‘Tis the season for Christmas tree permits

RBC | The holiday season is just around the corner and National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available for purchase at White River National Forest Offices and community vendor locations. The cost per permit is $10 and permits may be purchased with cash, check or credit card. There is a maximum of five tree permits per person. Permits will be sold starting Thursday, Nov. 15 through Monday, Dec. 24.

“Harvesting a National Forest Christmas tree for the holiday season is part of a long-standing tradition on the White River National Forest,” said Kate Jerman, Forest Service spokesperson. “We encourage fourth graders to take advantage of the free holiday tree program. Additionally, we are pleased to continue our partnerships with community vendors to make obtaining a Christmas tree permit more convenient by providing additional purchase locations.”

– Vendor Information: In addition to District Offices and the Forest Supervisor’s Office, Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase at select community vendor locations starting Thursday, Nov. 15. The list of vendors is available online by visiting the Christmas tree permit button on the White River website or by viewing the attached document.

– Free Christmas tree permits for fourth graders! Fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid in a Park (“Every Kid”) Initiative. Fourth graders must present a valid pass or paper voucher in-person at an office location. Vouchers can be printed from the Every Kid in a Park website, for information on how to earn a voucher visit: https://everykidinapark.gov/. Mail-order form is not an option for this program and the program is not applicable to community vendor locations. Only one free permit is allowed per fourth grader.

– Mail-order Christmas tree permits: Mail-order permits will be available again this year by check or money order. Individuals can download and print an online form, fill out the form and mail it with payment to the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Glenwood Springs. Christmas tree permits will be mailed back within 2-3 business days.

It is your responsibility to know the rules and regulations for Christmas tree harvesting. For more information visit an office location or the “How to Cut and Select a tree” website. The Forest Travel Management Plan closes many forest roads prior to or on Nov. 23. Motorized users are responsible for obtaining a Motor Vehicle Use Map to determine where one can drive, ride and recreate. These maps are free and are available at Ranger Stations or on the Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/whiteriver/recreation.

Special to the Herald Times