Christmas tree permits available at Public Lands Office

Christmas tree permits, which allow you to cut your own Christmas tree on public lands, are now on sale at the Pagosa Public Lands Office, 180 Pagosa St.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A permit, which costs $8, allows you to cut one tree up to 20 feet tall for personal use. This year’s permits expire Dec. 31, 2008. Permits come with a brochure that explains regulations and offers helpful tips. National Forest/BLM offices also sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, and the best species of tree to cut.

National Forest and BLM roads are not plowed for snow removal, and even if backcountry roads are not blocked by snow, dangerous ice conditions may exist.

Call the San Juan Public Lands Center at 247-4874 for up-to-date information on road conditions or go to