Although the Arizona National Forests' Sale-by-Mail Christmas Tree Program has completely sold out of permits for all seven cutting areas, the Payson Ranger District still has about 200 permits for sale over-the-counter, according to spokeswoman Gloria Alliger.
More than 5,100 applicants entered a drawing for a chance at one of the 4,500 permits. All successful and unsuccessful permit applicants were notified by mail after Nov. 10.
If a permit application was successful, a permit and detailed cutting map for the area was enclosed. If a permit application was unsuccessful, the $10 application fee was returned.
Like the Tonto National Forest, some national forests are selling additional permits for their areas. Unsuccessful applicants and others who would like to purchase a permit over-the-counter can phone these ranger headquarters directly for more information:
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 -- (928) 474-7900
For more information, contact the Christmas Tree Hotline number: (602) 225-5258 or visit the Tonto National Forest web page, www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.
Pole input needed
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input as part of an environmental analysis to determine if Arizona Public Service should be allowed to replace an aerial utility line between Payson and Rye.
The new poles are to be set to one side of the existing pole line and the electrical conductor transferred over. New telephone fiber optics cable also will be hung on the new poles. The old poles will then be removed.
The proposal also includes using two temporary staging areas adjacent to the highway to lay out the poles to be picked up by helicopter and placed in the drilled holes.
Concerns should be expressed in writing to Payson Ranger District, Attn: Rod Byers, 1009 E. Highway 260, Payson, AZ 85541. Call Byers at (928) 474-7900 with questions.