Christmas tree cutting permits go on sale Nov. 10 – White Mountain Independent

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Thousands of people every year cut their Christmas tree from the national forests. This year the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will have Christmas tree cutting permits available at all five ranger districts, the Mogollon Rim Visitor Center and the Supervisor’s Office.

The agency will have 3,000 tree permits available for any tree species. In addition, 4,500 permits will be sold through Big 5 stores, locations to be disclosed at a later date.

The agency anticipates that permits will be available for purchase starting Nov. 10.

Each Christmas tree permit is for a specified cutting area and costs $15. The cutting season will end Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) at midnight.

General information about the Christmas tree cutting program will also available on the Christmas tree permit hotline 928-333-6229 and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests website under “Passes and Permits”:  www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.

The general rules for Christmas tree permits are:

— Each Christmas tree permit is $15 for a tree up to 10 feet tall.

— One Christmas tree permit allowed per household; for personal use only.

— Trees must be cut within designated cutting areas.

— Trees may be cut until Dec. 24.

— There are no refunds on Christmas tree permits.

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