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Permits for cutting down Colorado Christmas trees are available at the national forests

For many Coloradans, cutting down their own Christmas tree in our national forests is a cherished family tradition, and often these Thanksgiving weekend trips are planned while families are together.

“I have fond memories of taking my daughter, who is now 15, to cut down a Christmas tree when she was still learning to walk,” said Brian Banks, an official with Pike-San Isabel National Forests quoted in the Forests website. “Now she will drive us. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend time outdoors while helping the forest service maintain resilient landscapes.”

It’s all legal as long as you play by the rules.

Required permits are available through entertainment.gov. From the home page, click Permits and refine your search to Tree Permits where you will see a list of Christmas tree felling locations in the national forests ranked by distance from where you live. In some national forests, permits are also available from local dealers or district ranger offices. Permits must be obtained before felling trees.

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