The U.S. Forest Service of Colorado say they’ll allow Christmas tree-cutting starting this weekend - Saturday December 3rd at areas west of the Front Range.

The cost is $10 per tree, with a maximum of five trees per person. There are six designated areas in the Pike, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests for tree-cutters who also must obtain permits before entering.

Forest Service officials say having smaller trees cut promotes healthier growing conditions in the remaining forest and reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Tree cutting will end on Sunday December 11th.

For more information on the tree-cutting that starts December 3rd, agency officials said residents can call 303-239-3838 or click here