Permits for cutting Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management lands are available in Grand Junction, Montrose, Cortez and Durango at the following locations:
• Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, 970-244-3000
• Uncompahgre Field Office, 2465 S. Townsend Avenue, Montrose, 970-240-5400
• Dolores Public Lands Center, 29211 Hwy. 184, Dolores, 970-882-7296
• San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, 970-247-4874
The permits are for piñon pine or juniper, and are $8-10 per tree. Permits are available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the locations listed above.
Additionally, maps of cutting areas are available at the BLM offices, and the public should bring along a hand saw, eye protection, rope or twine, extra food, water and blankets when looking for the perfect tree. Tire chains, a shovel and emergency supplies are also recommended.
For more information, contact a local BLM office.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.