Use of forest products from the Coconino Forest include the annual harvesting of Christmas trees, rock and cinders for landscaping and construction, personal-use fire wood gathering and wilding permits which allow the taking of live plants and trees from the forest for personal use.
Tags for Christmas trees are usually available beginning in November and end just before Christmas. Permits are sold over-the-counter at the Mogollon Rim Ranger District Office, Forest Supervisor's Office and Flagstaff Ranger District Office.
Christmas Tree Permits & Cutting Area: Learn how to obtain a Christmas tree permit and get information about the cutting area for the Coconino National Forest. Information for the upcoming season is announced in the fall. Permit sales and tree cutting generally start a week or so before Thanksgiving.
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Permits for rock, cinder, and sand collecting are available for personal use only.
Flagstaff Ranger District: Malapais and Red Cinders
Permits for collecting rocks and cinders in the Flagstaff Ranger District can be obtained at the Coconino NF Supervisor's Office at 1824 S. Thompson St., Flagstaff, Arizona or the Flagstaff Ranger Station on Hwy 89, Flagstaff, Arizona during regular business hours.
Malapai rock permits are available for $25.00 for up to five tons and are good for 90 days. We have designated areas for collection off I-17 and off Hwy 180.
Maps of the malapais collection areas:
- Ritter west side of I-17 in the Newman Park area [PDF]
- Slate northwest of Flagstaff on the east side of US 180 [PDF]
Red cinders (volcanic ash) permits are available for $21.00 for up to 35 yards and are good for 90 days. The cinder collection area is near Sheep Springs on the Flagstaff Ranger District.
Map to the cinder collection site:
Red Rock Ranger District: Red Rock and River Rock
Landscape red rock at $15 for 3 tons. Landscape river rock or sand is $15 for 7.5 tons.
For more information on these personal use permits, call the Red Rock District Office at 928-203-7500.
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The Firewood Cutting Season runs April 16 through December 11, 2016.
One of the most popular recreation activities on the Coconino National Forest isn't usually thought of as a recreation. Every year people come to the Forest from as far away as the Phoenix metropolitan area to harvest their year's supply of firewood. The Coconino provides firewood for personal use both on a free-use permit and a paid permit basis. In either case, a permit must be acquired by anyone harvesting any firewood on the National Forest, except for the rather small amounts used in a campfire and gathered at the campfire site.
For more information and details see Fuelwood Permits & Cutting Season.
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Wood chips are a by-product of forest thinning activities, and are typically made from cutting waste and pine trees that are too small to make useful lumber. Wood chips make excellent landscaping material, helping retain soil moisture, cooling soil temperature, reducing weeds, and adding nutrients to the soil as they decompose. Do research or check with a local specialist before using wood chips in your gardens and plant beds to ensure wood chip mulch is compatible with your plants.
2016: Free wood chip permits are being issued for collecting in the Schultz Pass Road (FR 420) and Elden Springs Road (FR 556) area. Permits may be obtained in person at our Flagstaff offices: Coconino National Forest Supervisor's Office at 1824 S. Thompson St. in Flagstaff, Arizona (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or the Flagstaff Ranger Station on Hwy 89, Flagstaff, Arizona (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
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Wilding Season: The Fall 2016 wilding season is October 24 through November 27, 2016. Details will be announced when available.
Wilding permits, which authorize collecting live plants and trees from National Forest lands for personal use are available Coconino National Forest Supervisor's Office, the Flagstaff Ranger District, and the Mogollon Rim Ranger District. The Forest typically has two wilding seasons – one in the spring and another in the fall, for about a month each while plants are dormant.
Permits will be available only for coniferous trees (Douglas Fir, White Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Pinyon Pine, and Juniper). Due to the severe decline of Aspen populations across the forest and lack of natural regeneration, Aspen seedlings will not be offered in the permits.
Trees up to 12 feet tall may be dug up; however for the best chance of successful transplanting, foresters recommend that seedlings selected be much smaller in size: less than 4 feet. The fee is $1.00 per foot, with a minimum fee of $20.00 per permit. Maps of designated gathering locations, along with transplanting recommendations, are provided.
For information on our next available permit season, call the Supervisor's Office at (928) 527-3600, the Flagstaff Ranger District at (928) 526-0866, or the Mogollon Rim Ranger District at (928) 477-2255.
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