Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests are now available at multiple locations in Colorado and Wyoming. Each permit costs $10 and allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest System Lands. There is a limit of five permits per household. Trees must be for personal use, not for resale. The permit must be clearly displayed around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area. New this year, the Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) initiative is offering one free Christmas tree permit to fourth-graders that have a valid EKiP pass. In order to get the free permit, take your fourth-grader to one of the District offices, and present their EKiP pass. Some areas of the Forest are off limits to tree cutting or may be difficult to access. Contact the Ranger District in the area where you will be cutting your tree for site-specific information, including road status and area restrictions. The Forest Service would like to emphasize that cutting trees is prohibited in all Wilderness areas on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. It’s also forbidden in any part of the Pole Mountain Unit of the Laramie Ranger District. The threat of falling trees continues to increase; therefore, all forest visitors are reminded to pay attention to weather forecasts, avoid areas with beetle-killed trees on high wind days, be aware of their surroundings, and check maps to know their location. Weather conditions can change quickly, so be prepared. Dress for winter conditions and have your vehicle equipped adequately.