Cut Your Own Christmas Tree!

23 October 2019   Debbie Maneely, USFS
$20 Christmas Tree Permits Available Saturday, November 16

PRESCOTT, AZ – October 18, 2019 - The Prescott National Forest will sell 600 over-the-counter Christmas tree permits starting on Saturday, November 16th.  Permits will be available at our Bradshaw Ranger District and the Supervisor’s Office on Saturday, November 16th from 8:00 AM to noon. The Supervisor’s Office is located at 2971 Willow Creek Road, Building 4 and will only sell permits on Saturday, November 16th. Please note that permits will not be sold out of our Chino Valley Ranger District as the office will be closed for renovations. The Verde Ranger District Office will start selling permits on Monday, November 18th from 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM.

Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone. Permits can be purchased with cash, check, or credit card, but note that exact cash is highly 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 16 through December 25. 

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

Free Tree Permits for 4th Graders with Every Kid Outdoors Pass

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. Prescott National Forest personnel will NOT be able to issue Every Kid Outdoors passes on Saturday, November 16th, so please obtain the 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 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 Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.

Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:

Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

Twitter:  @PrescottNF

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

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