Europeans began bringing an evergreen tree into their home, in the depth of winter, well before they crossed the oceans to settle in America. They brought their culture with them. To this day, many families continue the tradition of cutting a tree for their home.
The Forest Service offers the opportunity to cut a Christmas tree from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. As with any forest product, a permit is required. The cost per permit is $10.
There will be no over-the-counter permit sales at the Payson Ranger District Office of the Tonto National Forest.
Each family may purchase a permit for one tree, any species, up to 10 feet in height, by visiting the Springerville, Alpine or Clifton Ranger Districts between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday office hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (1 p.m. at Clifton). Christmas tree over-the-counter sales will begin on Friday, Nov. 23, 2007. Cutting area maps, identification and safety tips are provided with your permit.
For more information, please phone the Apache-Sitgreaves Supervisor's office at (928) 333-4301, the Alpine Ranger District at (928) 339-4384, the Springerville Ranger District at (928) 333-4372, or the Clifton Ranger District at (928) 687-1301.