Taos, NM (November 20, 2017) – For Immediate Release. Permits for cutting Christmas trees on the Carson National Forest will be available starting Monday, November 20 through Friday, December 22. Each permit is $5 (for any species) up to 10 feet, $10 for over 10 feet – up to 15 feet, and $15 for over 15 feet – up to 20 feet. As many as three permits can be purchased per person. You may either cut or dig up your tree.
Permits can be purchased at the Supervisor’s Office in Taos and all ranger district offices in Penasco, Questa, Tres Piedras, El Rito, Canjilon and Bloomfield during normal business hours. In addition, the El Rito Ranger Station will be open on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm from November 25 through December 16. All offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and all offices except the Supervisor’s Office and the El Rito Ranger District will also be closed the day after Thanksgiving.
A Christmas tree tag, map, and guidelines for harvesting your tree are included with the permit. To protect forest resources, tree cutting activities are not allowed within wilderness areas, or within 100 feet of forest roads, state highways, stream and rivers, and any campground or trail.
As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free Christmas tree permit. In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at www.everykidinapark.gov. Once the pass is printed out, the fourth grader must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest Carson National Forest office to pick up the tree permit.
Permit holders should be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and colder conditions at higher elevations. Please dispose of litter in trashcans or “pack it out”, and close all forest gates after passing through them.
Contact the local ranger district offices for further information on Christmas tree cutting.
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Contact: Denise Ottaviano