YOU ARE HELPING THE FOREST! The San Juan National Forest has identified an area adjacent to the tracks near the Cascade Wye as needing hazardous fuels reduction. By cutting small white fir trees growing in the understory, passengers will help to reduce wildfire danger along the railroad corridor. In partnership with the San Juan National Forest Columbine Ranger District and San Juan Mountains Association, the D& SNGRR will be offering tree cutting permits the weekends leading up to Christmas this year. This will be an additional opportunity with any Cascade train trip. Permits may be reserved through us. The D&SNGRR will be providing saws for cutting the trees that day. Passengers are encouraged to bring weather appropriate clothing for the event. The tree permit will cost $8, in addition to the regular winter train fare. One tree up to 20' tall can be cut by each family for personal use.
Volunteers with SJMA will join train staff to assist passengers in selecting and cutting their own holiday tree at the Cascade Wye. Trees will be loaded onto a special boxcar for the return ride home.