Christmas Tree Time
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