Christ­mas Tree Time

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Per­mits for cut­ting Christ­mas trees on the Gila Na­tional For­est are avail­able at all Ranger District as of Novem­ber 25, 2013. Per­mits sell for $5.00 each with a limit of one per­mit per house­hold, or free per­mits are avail­able for the aro­matic piñon trees. Any tree species up to 10’ high may be cut.

A Christ­mas tree tag, an in­for­ma­tion sheet on cut­ting reg­u­la­tions, and maps of des­ig­nated cut­ting sites are in­cluded with the per­mits. To pro­tect for­est re­sources, tree cut­ting ac­tiv­i­ties are not al­lowed within wilder­ness ar­eas, ri­par­ian (river and stream) ar­eas, and ar­eas within 200’ of paved roads and de­vel­oped recre­ation sites. cat­a­logue where nearly ev­ery­thing can be found, ex­cept caf­feinated cof­fee. You may buy as much of your food bud­get or as lit­tle as you like. There is no fee to be a mem­ber, although or­ders of less than $50 are sub­ject to a ship­ping fee.. Or­der­ing can be done by tele­phone, mail, fax or com­puter. The tele­phone num­ber is 971-200-8350. You can set up your ac­count eas­ily by calling the phone num­ber. Or­ders are shipped once a month. You can re­quest a cat­a­logue by calling 575-7722563 for de­liv­ery lo­ca­tions and other de­tails.

It is ad­vis­able to check with lo­cal Ranger Dis­tricts for road and weather con­di­tions prior to go­ing into the for­est. Weather can be un­pre­dictable with rain or snow storms mak­ing dirt roads muddy, snow packed, or im­pass­able. For­est users are also asked to re­spect for­est and pri­vate lands, dis­pose of lit­ter in trash­cans or “pack it out” and close all for­est gates af­ter pass­ing through them.

For­est of­fices are open Mon­day through Fri­day (ex­cept on hol­i­days) from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. The Black Range Ranger District is open 8 AM to 4 PM. Con­tact the lo­cal ranger district of­fices for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on Christ­mas tree cut­ting. Do­nate to the “Round Up” Schol­ar­ship by rounding up your pay­ment a few dol­lars. 2014 Round Up Schol­ar­ship is

cur­rently at $155.00

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