Forest Service suspends Christmas tree program in Summit County |

Forest Service suspends Christmas tree program in Summit County

Citing concerns for public safety, the Dillon Ranger District office will not issue tree cutting permits for the 2010 holidays.

Reasons for suspending the program include falling trees resulting from the mountain pine beetle epidemic as well as concerns for overall product availability.

Jan Cutts, Dillon District Ranger, said the hope is that ongoing mitigation efforts may help reinstate the program next year.

Other Christmas tree cutting programs are still in place in other areas of the White River National Forest and in nearby forests.

Summit County residents should look into tree cutting through the White River National Forest’s Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District, the Leadville and South Park Ranger Districts of the Pike/San Isabel National Forest and the Sulphur and Clear Creek Ranger Districts of the Arapahoe/Roosevelt National Forest.

Visit for more information about Christmas tree cutting and specific district programs, or call the Dillon Ranger District at (970) 468-5400.

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