National Forest Christmas tree permits on sale

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    By Esther Godson
    Special to The SUN
    Christmas tree permits, which allow you to cut your own holiday tree, are on sale for $8 at the Pagosa Ranger District, 180 Pagosa St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    A permit allows you to cut one tree up to 20 feet tall for personal use until Dec. 31. Permits come with a brochure with safety tips, information on which species of tree to harvest and the best places to find trees.
    The Forest Service is also offering one free permit to fourth-grade students who hold a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass or paper voucher downloaded from: www.everykidoutdoors.gov. The free permit is only good at agency offices and the participating fourth-grader must be present.
    National Forest roads are not plowed for snow removal, and icy or snow-packed conditions may exist. For information on road conditions and Christmas tree harvesting, go to www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan.