Time is running out for Christmas tree applications.
The deadline is fast approaching for those who want to cut a Christmas tree in an Arizona national forest.
Applications for a tree-cutting permit are currently available and must be postmarked by Oct. 1.
Since the demand for Christmas trees exceeds the supply of available permits, a random drawing is performed.
A completed application must be mailed to the address provided on the application and postmarked no later than Oct. 1.
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, no later than Oct. 19.
The notice will request that tag winners send a check or money order for $10 to the program office, in order to receive a tag with a detailed map for the cutting area.
Tag winners must make payment no later than Nov. 1. Unclaimed tags will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, beginning Nov. 13.
For additional information, contact the Christmas Tree Hotline number: (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 page at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto
Application forms are available on the Tonto NF Web site, at all Arizona Forest Service offices, and at more than 30 locations Valleywide.
Check for application locations on the Tonto National Forest Web site.