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National Forest Christmas Tree Cutting Permits Available

Cutting a fresh Christmas tree requires a permit

Prescott, AZ (November 17, 2012) – Thousands of people every year cut their Christmas tree from the national forests. This year, Christmas tree cutting permits will be available for five of the six national forests in Arizona – Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto until December 24, 2012.

Permits will be available for purchase at Big Five Sporting Goods Stores in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Kingman, Bullhead City, Prescott Valley, Yuma, Thatcher, and Show Low. In addition, permits will also be available for purchase at several Forest Service offices.

For information on which offices are offering over-the-counter Christmas tree permits and when they will be sold, please contact the respective national forest:

· Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests 928-333-4301

· Coconino National Forest 928-527-3600

· Kaibab National Forest 928-635-8200

· Prescott National Forest 928-443-8000

· Tonto National Forest 602-225-5200

Each Christmas tree permit is for a specified cutting area and costs $15. The cutting season will start November 17 and end Christmas Eve (December 24) at midnight. This year, there are 9,500 Christmas tree permits available in all; however, some cutting areas offer a very limited number of permits and may sell out quickly. Permits for each national forest will be available as follows:

Participating National Forest Permits Available at Big Five Stores Permits Available at Forest Service Offices

  • Apache-Sitgreaves

3,400 permits – any tree species

2,550 permits – any tree species

  • Coconino

250 permits – fir only

250 permits – piñon, juniper, and fir

  • Kaibab

900 permits – piñon and juniper

1,100 permits – any tree species

  • Prescott

225 permits – any tree species

225 permits – any tree species

  • Tonto

450 permits – piñon and juniper

150 permits – piñon and juniper

General information about the Christmas tree cutting program will also available on the Christmas tree permit hotline (928) 333-6267 and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Web site under “Passes and Permits” at www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.

The General Rules for Christmas Tree Permits are as follow:

  • Each Christmas tree permit is $15 for a tree up to 10 feet tall.
  • One Christmas tree permit allowed per household—for personal use only.
  • Trees must be cut within designated cutting areas.
  • Trees may be cut between November 17 and December 24.
  • There are no refunds on Christmas tree permits.

Participating Big Five Stores:

  • Avondale/Goodyear: 1623 North Dysart Road, 623-535-0384
  • Bullhead City: 1835 Hwy 95, 928-763-0608
  • Chandler: 2050 North Arizona Avenue, 480-821-9226
  • Flagstaff:2775 Woodlands Village Boulevard, 928-214-0590
  • Glendale:5490 West Bell Road, 602-548-5794
  • Kingman:3320 North Stockton Hill Road, 928-692-4944
  • Mesa: 2930 North Power Road, 480-854-1889
  • Mesa/Gilbert: 1244 South Gilbert Road, 480-507-0137
  • Paradise Valley:4623 East Cactus Road, 602-953-0305
  • Phoenix/Bell Rd:1919 West Bell Road, 602-863-1309
  • Phoenix/East: 3560 East Thomas Road, 602-955-9601
  • Phoenix/West: 7710 West Thomas Road, 623-848-4800
  • Prescott Valley: 6106 Highway 69, 928-759-0013
  • Show Low: 4441 South White Mountain, 928-537-5551
  • Scottsdale: 3330 Hayden Road, 480-941-4387
  • Thatcher: 2281 West U.S. Highway 70 Suite C, 928-428-8760
  • Tucson: 5695 East Speedway Boulevard, 520-296-3326
  • Yuma: 505 Catalina Drive, 928-726-2884


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  1. We love our Arizona tree. It is very different from our native species. What an adventure we had finding our beauty and we thank you for the direction. We read your article on a shared Facebook article from (deleted). We spent a glorious day having fun finding our new Christmas memory tree. We do appreciate the effort and we will always keep and treasure the photos forever. We do wish that Americans enjoyed Christmas as much as Canadians. Even in your desert it is quite lovely and reminiscent of the Christ Child’s actual birthplace, don’t you agree?

    Snowbirds loving our Arizona Adventure,
    Frank Roy and Mary-Ann Colleen Hewitt, Toronto, Ontario, and Anthem (winter 2013) AZ

  2. E.S. Maddock says:

    Thank you for having the courage to continue reference to “Christmas (memory) tree.”

    Even our own local home town hard copy publication (Sedona Red Rock News) had photos and a full page article about the lighting of the “Holiday Tree” uptown, and there were no references at all to any events as being “Christmas.”

    How far must political correctness be extended? Without Christmas there is no Santa Claus or related events. Must all the children be re-educated? Shameful. They will grow up quickly enough and be forced to face the reality of life’s hard facts.

    What sweeter picture is there than the wonderment reflected in a child’s face perched on Santa’s lap? However, I must confess that as a youngster the old gent terrified me!

    Merry Christmas One & All

  3. Ernie says:

    Why not demand that Jews refer to Hanukkah as the Candle Lighting Ceremony to be fair if people ranging from atheist to Christian (including my Jewish relatives who put up the most gorgeous Christmas trees possible in NYC because they KNOW it’s not a religious but secular object) have to refer to Christmas tree lighting as Holiday Lighting Ceremonies. Muslims have to refer to Ramadan as Days Without Food Nights of Feasting and so on. I think it necessary to boycott the RRSnooze for littering streets with unnecessary blue bags of useless old news. Waste of advertisers’ money because the neighborhood cleaned up the bags and dumped most unopened in trash cans.

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