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The Forest Service said Rim Country is beyond Extreme Drought - its now into Exceptional Drought.

People wanting to collect live trees, known as wildings, from the Coconino National Forest can buy a permit through May 10.

There are typically two wildings permit seasons; one in the spring and another in the fall, while the plants are dormant.

Permits will be available for evergreen trees (Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, pinyon pine, and juniper) and oak trees in the Flagstaff Ranger District.

The Mogollon Rim Ranger District will only be offering permits for evergreen trees. You may not harvest aspen seedlings.

Wilding permits sell for a minimum of $20 and will include a map showing designated areas where wildings may or may not be harvested.

For the best chance of successful transplanting, foresters recommend selecting seedlings less than 4 feet.

Permits are available at the following locations:

• Flagstaff Ranger Station.

• Mogollon Rim Ranger Station, 8738 Ranger Road, Happy Jack; 928-477-2255; 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

• Coconino National Forest supervisor’s office.

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