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Forest service seeks input on raising tree-cutting permit price

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The U.S. Forest Service is considering raising the price of a permit to cut down Christmas trees in the state.

The Colorado national forests impacted would include Arapaho, Roosevelt, Pike, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison.

The proposed fee would be $20, up from $10 per tree with a limit of five per household.

Revenue from the permit sales, according to the Forest Service, would go toward providing maps, signs and information for visitors; cover rising costs for plowing roads and parking areas; offer portable restrooms in high-traffic areas; and expand safety patrols.

“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 Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain division said in a statement.

“The Christmas tree cutting program brings thousands of people into small mountain communities and supports local economies such as restaurants, stores and gas stations during the holiday season. ”

Comments are being accepted through Feb. 16.