The USDA Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Region is seeking public input on proposed fee increases for Christmas tree cutting permits on some national forests in Colorado, including Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison. The proposed fee would be $20 per permit.
Revenue from the fee increase will help provide maps, signs and information to visitors; cover rising costs for plowing roads and parking areas; offer portable restrooms in some high traffic areas; extend permit sales; and expand safety patrols and overall Forest Service presence at cutting areas. Other enhancements could include warming areas and educational activities.
For generations, friends and families throughout Colorado have made cutting their own Christmas tree on a national forest a treasured holiday tradition and the program offers them an opportunity to be good stewards of their public lands. The Christmas tree cutting program helps to thin regeneration growth and meet important restoration objectives. The program also encourages people to get outdoors and discover their national forests.
Comments are being accepted online or by mail through Feb. 16. To provide input on the proposed Christmas tree permit fee increase, please visit http://bit.ly/FSR2-treefee.
Comments may also be mailed to Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests; Attention: Christmas Tree Permit Fee Increase; 2250 South Main St.; Delta, CO 81416.
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With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.