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How you can get a fresh Colorado Christmas tree for $10

By: The Gazette
December 7, 2016 Updated: December 8, 2016 at 11:17 am
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Jess Kubes of Eagle, Colo., drags a freshly-cut Christmas Tree while Andrea Pfalzfraf of Avon, Colo., and 9-week-old Oshie follow behind on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at Grouse Creek Trail in Minturn, Colo. The two said it was easier than they thought to cut a tree and were very happy with their find. To cut trees, a $10 permit is required from the forest service, which can be purchased at the forest service location in Minturn. (Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily via AP)

Planning on cutting down your Christmas tree in the forest?

Tree-cutting permits for the Pike National Forest's Pikes Peak District became available starting Thursday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Permits are $10 at the Pikes Peak Ranger District office, 601 S. Weber St., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The tree cutting area is on a 10,000-acre swath of land 3 miles northeast of Woodland Park on Rampart Range Road (Forest Road 300). Trees may be cut Dec. 1-17.

Tree-cutting permits also will be sold between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at the east parking lot of Woodland Park Middle School, 600 E. Kelley Road. Only cash and checks will be accepted at that location.

For more information, call 477-4221 or visit fs.usda.gov/detail/psicc for a map of the cutting area.

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