It’s almost time to start thinking about your Christmas tree.
The Gila National Forest will begin selling Christmas Tree permits on Monday, Nov. 19 at all ranger district offices.
The permits are $5 each for any tree species up to 10″ and have a limit of one per household.
Included with the permit is a Christmas tree tag, an information sheet on cutting regulations and maps of designated cutting sites.
In order to protect forest resources, tree cutting activities are not allowed within wilderness areas, riparian (river and stream) areas and areas within 200 feet of paved roads and developed recreation sites.
Permits can be purchased with cash, check or credit card.
The Forest Service is also making available a free Christmas tree permit to every interested fourth grader with a fourth-grade pass or paper voucher.
For more information about how to obtain a pass, click here.