Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Featured

Debbie Maneely, Prescott National Forest October 12, 2020 577

Christmas tree permits go on sale next week.

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  • Christmas tree permits go on sale next week.
  • There are 600 available.
  • Cost: $20 each
  • No refunds available.
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You can pick your own tree in the wild.

PRESCOTT, AZ - October 8, 2020 – The Prescott National Forest will sell 600 Christmas tree permits starting on Monday October 19th. Prescott NF has implemented procedures and protocol to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities. Because of these new procedure’s permits will only be available through the mail.

To purchase a Christmas tree permit you can call the Bradshaw/Chino Valley Ranger District at 928-443-8000 or the Supervisor’s Office at 928-777-2200.

Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone. Permits can be purchased using a credit card unless this presents a hardship and arrangements can be made with one of our customer services representatives by calling one of the two phone numbers listed above.

Permits will be mailed to customers within two weeks with a map showing designated cutting areas and additional Christmas tree cutting instructions. The permit will allow the holder to cut a tree within designated cutting areas between the dates of November 1st through December 24th.

Rules for Christmas Tree Permits

  • Each Christmas tree permit is $20 and allows permit holders to cut a tree up to 10 feet tall.

  • A customer may purchase only one tree permit, which is intended for his or her family. However, any remaining permits after December 1st can be purchased by anyone.

  • Permits are for personal use only.

  • Trees must be cut within designated cutting areas.

  • No refunds on Christmas tree permits.

In addition to the regular Christmas tree permits, up to 100 FREE Christmas tree permits will be issued Forest wide to 4th Graders that have a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass. In order to receive a FREE Christmas tree permit, the 4th Grader must be present and possess a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass or voucher. To obtain the pass, please go to https://everykidoutdoors.gov/pass.htm and follow the instructions. Once a voucher has been printed, please call one of our offices to schedule an appointment to obtain the permit.

Tree cutters are reminded to be prepared for sudden weather changes and colder conditions when in higher elevations. A fun family outing can become miserable and even dangerous with a quick change of weather for the unprepared. The permits expire at midnight on December 25th, however forest officials recommend cutting your tree early in the season before the higher elevations are snow bound. Trees can stay fresh for quite some time if cared for correctly.

For more information on Christmas Tree Permits on the Prescott National Forest, please call the Bradshaw – Chino Valley Ranger District Office at (928) 443-8000 or Forest Offices for the Prescott National Forest at 928-777-2200.

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