Know Your ABCs . . . . Get a FREE Christmas Tree!
Of all the great things there are about knowing a 4th grader, you can add one more to the list: A Christmas Tree. That’s right, fourth graders that come into the Leadville Ranger District U. S. Forest Service Office can receive one free Christmas tree permit.
But there’s no crowding-in for those kindergartners or middles schoolers, because this initiative is only for fourth grade students, and allows them one tree permit (with proof) per student.
According to officials, proof can be any document that identifies them as being in the fourth grade. How about a simple math problem multiplying fractions and whole numbers? Or require the student to provide the name of the Governor of Colorado before gracing them with a bountiful beauty?
Regardless, the Forest Service is encouraging fourth graders to get out and pick out that perfect Christmas tree! This program will run until December 24, 2015. Permits can be obtained from the Leadville Forest Service Office, 810 Front Street, Leadville CO, 80461, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
The Forest Service and Rocky Mountain Conservancy (RMC) are also holding a Winter Sale until December 12. Merchandise in the RMC in-house store is 15 % off.
Christmas Tree Forest Permits For The Rest of You!
Of course, if you’re not a fourth grader, you can still get a permit for a tree, you just have to pay for it! The Leadville Ranger District is selling Christmas tree permits in Leadville. Permits from the U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest are $10 each with a limit of two trees per household. Cutting will be permitted through December 24, 2015.
The permits are $10 each with a limit of two (2) per family. Permits can be purchased with cash, personal check, or money order made payable to the “U.S. Forest Service” at the Leadville Ranger District Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Permits can be purchased by mail by sending a check or money order made payable to the “U.S. Forest Service” and sent to the Leadville Ranger District Office at 810 Front Street, Leadville, CO 80461.
Foresters recommend the cutting areas in Lake County around Turquoise Lake Road (Lake County Road 9) and along Lake County Road 48 just to the southwest of Sugar Loafin’ Campground. County Road 9 is not plowed but may be accessed by snowshoeing, skiing, or snowmobiling. County Road 48 is plowed for easier vehicle access. A map showing approved cutting areas is issued with each permit.
Trees may be cut district-wide with a few exceptions. Areas closed to cutting include: all district campgrounds; Holy Cross, Collegiate Peaks, Mt. Massive, and Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Areas; and Tennessee Pass.
Permits will be issued for each tree that is harvested and should be securely fastened to the tree before transporting the tree(s) from the area. Some recommendations to have when heading out to look for the perfect Christmas tree are warm clothes, water proof shoes, gloves, tree permit, handsaw or axe to cut the tree, and a rope to secure the tree to the vehicle. It is highly advised to go out in a four-wheel drive vehicle and have set of chains as it may be required for to access some areas of the forest.