Christmas tree permit sales to begin this week for 3 Arizona national forests
PHOENIX — The holiday season may still be a few months away but Christmas tree permit sales begin this week for three Arizona national forests.
“For every tree that is found, cut and carried home as a holiday fixture, a new story is created,” USDA Forest Service Chief Randy Moore said in a press release.
“These stories become the precious memories that create traditions worth carrying on for generations and further connect families with their local forests.”
Each permit costs $15 per tree with the exception of the Prescott National Forest which costs $20.
The Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves, Tonto and Prescott national forests allow only one tree per customer, while the Kaibab National Forest allows up to five trees per customer.
Dates available to cut down a tree also vary.
People can cut down their Christmas tree beginning Oct. 14 in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, followed by Prescott (Nov. 1), Kaibab (Nov. 9), Coconino (Nov. 16) and Tonto (Nov. 20).
The available time to cut down a tree at each of the national forests ends on Dec. 31.
Forest officials advise people to read the need-to-know information on each of the websites as some forests have limitations on the size of the tree or where a tree can be cut.
People should also be aware of weather conditions before going out and bring a map as GPS may be unreliable in some areas.