PRESCOTT, AZ (October 23, 2017) –The Prescott National Forest will sell 600 over-the-counter Christmas tree permits starting on Saturday, November 18th. Permits will be available at our Bradshaw Ranger and Chino Valley Ranger Districts on Saturday, November 18th from 8:00 AM to noon. TheVerde Ranger District Office will start selling permits on Monday, November 20th from 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM.
Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone and can be purchased with cash, check, or credit card. Note that exact cash is preferred as it will keep the lines moving. Customers will be provided a map that shows the designated cutting areas along with additional Christmas tree cutting instructions. The permit will allow the holder to cut a tree within designated cutting areas between the dates of November 18 through December 24.
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 only purchase one tree permit, which is intended for his or her family
- 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 150 free Christmas tree permits will be issued Forest wide to 4th Graders that have a valid Every Kid in the Park (EKiP) pass. In order to receive a free Christmas tree permit, the 4th Grader must be present and possess a valid EKiP pass or voucher. To obtain an EKiP pass ahead of time, please go to https://everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/ and follow the instructions. Prescott National Forest personnel will NOT be able to issue EKiP passes on Saturday, November 18th, so please obtain an EKiP pass ahead of time.
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 24th, 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 Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.
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