Taos, NM (November 9, 2018) – For Immediate Release. Permits for cutting Christmas trees on the Carson National Forest will be available starting Monday, November 19, 2018. 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.
Permits can be purchased at the Supervisor’s Office in Taos and all ranger district offices in Peñasco, Questa, Tres Piedras, El Rito, Canjilon and Bloomfield. Please be aware that office hours and availability of personnel with the authority to sell permits may vary at each office. Please call ahead to the office you plan on visiting to confirm if permit sales are available. All offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Supervisor’s Office: 575-758-6200
Jicarilla District: 505-632-2956
Canjilon District: 575-684-2489
Questa District: 575-586-0520
Camino Real District: 575-587-2255
Tres Piedras District: 575-758-8678
El Rito District: 575-581-4554
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.