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Christmas tree permits available Friday

Christmas tree permits, which allow you to cut your own Christmas tree on National Forest and BLM lands, will go on sale at San Juan Public Lands offices and selected retail outlets in southwest Colorado, beginning Friday, Nov. 19.

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. 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. Permits are on sale locally at the Pagosa Public Lands Office, 180 Pagosa St.

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.