Chopping your own tree
December 13, 2005
AVON – For the more adventurous types, finding the perfect Christmas tree can become a backcountry experience hosted by the U.S. Forest Service.”It’s a recreation, public service type of thing,” Forest Service spokeswoman Kristi Ponozzo said. “The forests are everybody’s land, and if people want to get a Christmas tree, they should be able to get a tree off public land … Getting people out into the forest gets them to appreciate the forest a little bit more or the tree a little bit more, because they know where it came from.” Tree cutting permits are available for $10 at the Dillon Ranger District office on Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne. Permits can be purchased Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m through Dec. 23. They are also available at the Old Dillon Reservoir trailhead and tree cutting area on Dillon Dam Road today and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday marks the last day to purchase a permit on a weekend day. Harvested trees must be less than 15 feet tall and 6 inches in stump diameter. Individuals are allowed five permits, and the trees are not available for resale. Cutting is only permitted in Summit County at the Old Dillon Reservoir site and Miner’s Creek Road near Frisco. For more information, call the Dillon District office at (970) 468-5400.