The deadline is fast approaching for those who want to cut a Christmas tree on an Arizona national forest.
Applications for a tree-cutting permit are currently available and must be mailed in with the $10 fee by Oct. 6.
Since the demand for Christmas trees exceeds the supply of available permits, a random drawing is performed. A completed application, with a $10 permit fee (check or money order; cash will not be accepted), must be mailed to the address provided on the application and postmarked no later than Oct. 6.
Any application postmarked after the deadline will be returned to the sender. Hand-delivered applications will not be accepted.
After the drawing and processing of applications is completed, all successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by mail after Nov. 9. If successful, a permit and detailed cutting area map will be enclosed; if unsuccessful, the $10 fee will be returned.
For additional information, contact the Christmas Tree Hotline number at (602) 225-5258.
Information about the Arizona National Forests' Sale-by-Mail Christmas Tree Program can be also be found on the Tonto National Forest Web site at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto
Application forms are available on the Tonto NF Web site and at all Arizona Forest Service offices.