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Grassland office closed through Feb. 20

Cost-saving effort

   The Crooked River National Grassland office in Madras closed Dec. 19, and will remain closed through Feb. 20, 2012. The office will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
   The closure is in an effort to save costs during a time of year when public services are typically less needed. Information can still be obtained in Prineville, at Bi-Mart in Madras, or on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland website.
   The Crooked River National Grassland office phone number will be directed to the Ochoco National Forest Supervisor's Office in Prineville. The supervisor's office will be open to answer questions and direct phone calls during this time.
   Christmas tree permits are available at the Bi-Mart store in Madras and may also be purchased at other retail stores throughout Central Oregon.
   For a list of retail stores selling Christmas tree permits or for other questions, contact the supervisor's office at 541-416-6500. To purchase maps, visit any other Forest Service Office in Central Oregon or purchase maps on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland website at: www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon.