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Christmas Tree Permits Available From Local Public Lands Agencies

Austin Cope
A view of the San Juan National forest north of Durango in December 2016

In other news, public lands agencies are allowing people to harvest Christmas trees as the holiday season begins. The U.S. Forest Service says permits to cut trees from the San Juan National Forest are available at various locations throughout the region. The Bureau of Land Management is also issuing permits to cut pinyon or juniper trees in designated areas. Officials encourage people to bring safety gear and emergency supplies, and to be ready to drive in the snow. More information and permits from both agencies are available at the Dolores Public Lands Center on Highway 184.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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