More cut-your-own Christmas tree programs start this week

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DENVER — Most cut-your-own Christmas tree programs run by the U.S. Forest Service start this week.  Permits for Buffalo Creek are already sold out.

There are five locations where residents of the Front Range can cut down their own Christmas tree with a permit.

The special cutting areas opening this week include Winter Park/Fraser, Red Feather Lakes, South Park/Fairplay and Rampart Range.  Permits must be purchased ahead of time and are nonrefundable.

Accessing certain cutting areas might require four wheel drive.

Chainsaws are prohibited; you must use a handsaw.  For more information, visit the U.S. Forest Service website.