Christmas Tree Permits Selling Fast

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Forest Service officials announced that 2,651 Christmas tree permits remain available for those that want to cut their own tree from one of five national forests in Arizona.

The cost for a Christmas tree permit is $15. Permits are available at 19 commercial vendors across Arizona and some Forest Service offices. In Rim Coutnry, the Creekside Steakhouse, at 1520 E. Christopher Creek Loop, is selling permits. Call (928) 478-4389 for more information.

More than 2,500 permits have already been sold.

Each permit is for a specific cutting area. Christmas tree permit seekers are encouraged to visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Web site for the status of remaining permits by vendor and cutting area. Visit www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf or call (602) 225-5258.

General rules for Christmas tree permits:

One Christmas tree permit allowed per household.

Trees may be cut between Nov. 20 and Dec. 24.

There are no refunds on permits.

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