PRESCOTT, AZ (December 19, 2014) - Prescott National Forest will close its offices on Thursday and Friday, December 25th-26th, and Thursday, January 1, 2015 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Bradshaw and Verde Ranger District’s will resume normal business hours on December 29 and January 2, 2015; the Chino Valley Ranger District will resume normal business hours on December 29 and January 5, 2015.
For those still thinking of cutting a Christmas tree on the national forest, only the Apaches Sitgreaves, Kaibab and Tonto forests still have cutting permits available. Permits are available for over-the-counter purchase at Forest Service offices through December 24th.
The Apache-Sitgreaves has approximately 800 permits available and can be purchased at their offices, and is the only forest whose permits can be purchased at Big 5 stores statewide. Three Tonto district offices, Mesa, Payson, Pleasant Valley and the headquarters office, and the Kaibab’s Tusayan and North Kaibab district offices are selling over-the-counter permits. The cost of a permit is $15.
For additional information about where to purchase a tree cutting permit and where to cut a tree, contact or go the website of the national forest you intend to visit.
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, 928-333-6229, www.fs.usda.gov/asnf
Kaibab National Forest, 928-635-8200, www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab
Tonto National Forest, 602-225-5200
Southwestern Region Christmas tree program website
The Coconino and Prescott National Forests and the Kaibab’s Williams district are sold out of their Christmas tree permits.
For additional information please contact the Bradshaw Ranger District office at (928) 443-8000, the Chino Valley Ranger District office at (928) 777-2200, or the Verde Ranger District office at (928) 567-4121.
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