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Christmas tree permits available for Grand County

The holidays are around the corner, and some people are already pulling out decorations and planning the perfect spot for their Christmas trees.

Christmas tree cutting permits are on sale at the Sulphur Ranger District, 9 Ten Mile Drive in Granby, Nov. 1 through Jan. 6. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permits are $10 per tree with a maximum of five trees per person. The district accepts mail-in requests with an enclosed check stating how many trees you want and the license plate number of the vehicle you will be using to transport your Christmas tree. For more information call 887-2100.

Permits may also be purchased at the Elk Creek Cutting Area, southwest of Fraser from Dec. 6-13, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Smokey Bear will be at the Rudolph parking area for photo opportunities on Dec 6, 7 and 13. Free Polaroid pictures will be provided; donations are accepted. The area is opened and staffed Dec. 6-13.

Permits are also available seven days a week at the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cutting guidelines

– Tree trunk size is 6 inches or less in diameter (strictly enforced.)

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– Cut six inches or less from the ground.

– Cut trees at least 75 feet away from roads, trails, streams, rivers and lakes.

– Do not cut any tree marked with blue paint or with signs of animal life inside.

– Handsaws are best, chainsaws are not permitted.

– Pets must be on a leash.

– Pack out your own trash.

– No trespassing on private property.

– Your permit must be attached to the tree before cutting and removing it from the site.

– Pets must be on a leash.

Required equipment

– Tire chains or 4-wheel drive are required upon entering the cutting area. Motorists will need to show they have one or the other at the entrance area. If road conditions are icy, chains may be needed to get up the hill at the bottom of CR 72, just out of Fraser.

– Permits must be visible on the trees for easy checkout

Recommended

– Wear appropriate winter clothing: such as water proof pants and jackets, warm fleece or wool layers, snow boots, mittens or gloves, hats and sunglasses.

Have a full tank of gas., food, extra water, a shovel, a blanket, first aid kit, and warm drink. Leave pets at home.

Safety first

– The Fraser area is likely to have up to two or more feet of snow, and temperatures drop quickly after dark. Do not wander too far from your vehicle, return to your vehicle before dark, 4:15 p.m, to allow time to load your tree. Keep your group together at all times when out in the woods.

Directions to Elk Creek Christmas tree cutting area

At the stoplight in Fraser turn west. The road goes under a railroad overpass. After that the road splits ” take the left fork (CR 72). The road continues up a steep hill; chains or four-wheel drive may be needed to get up the hill. At the top of the hill is a sledding business (be aware of cars backing into the road, and watch for children.) Go to the end of County Road 72, and you will arrive to the entrance to the cutting area, where you can purchase permits.

The entrance gates close at 2:30 p.m.

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