FLAGSTAFF -- Wildings permits, which authorize collecting live plants and trees from National Forest lands for personal use, are available on the Peaks Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest. Permits are usually available for about a month in the fall, while the plants are dormant.
This collection period, permits will be issued until Oct. 31. Plant collection is prohibited after Oct. 31.
Permits are available for aspen and for coniferous trees (Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, pinyon pine and juniper.) Aspen, up to 20 feet tall, and conifers, up to 12 feet tall, may be dug up. However, for the best chance of successful transplanting, foresters recommend that trees selected be much smaller in size, less than 8' for aspen and 4' for conifers.
The fee is 50 cents per foot for aspen and $1 per foot for conifers, with a minimum fee of $20 per permit. Maps of designated gathering locations, along with transplanting recommendations, are provided.
To obtain a permit or for more information, contact the Peaks Ranger Station 928-526-0866.