November 9, 2010 Updated Christmas Tree Permit for National Forests in Utah

Release Date: Nov 9, 2010  

Contact(s): Kathy Jo Pollock


Contact:  Kathy Jo Pollock(801) 558-8016

 2010 CHRISTMAS TREE PERMITS

SALT LAKE CITY, November 9, 2010 - It is that time again as Christmas is just around the corner.  Families can have a unique recreational outing by cutting their own Christmas trees on Utah National Forests.

Always be prepared for winter weather. Always stay on designated roads and trails.  Be prepared for slick, snow packed roads and have chains, a 4-wheel drive vehicle, or a snow machine available.  Always let someone know where you are planning to go and approximate time you will return.  Carry a cell phone; bring additional warm clothing, good warm gloves, boots, and a container of hot liquid, water, lunch or snack, as it may take longer than expected.  Carry a flashlight, chains, shovel, first aid kit, matches, a hatchet, ax orhandsaw, andrope to secure your tree.

Trees must always be cut close to the ground leaving the stump no higher than 6 inches.  A shovel will come in handy to dig through the snow to reach the base of the tree.  Make sure your permit is attached to the tree before leaving the cutting area.  Tree topping is not allowed.  No cutting within 200 feet of riparian areas (lakes and streams) roads, campgrounds, picnic areas, administrative sites, summer home areas, or within designated closed areas shown on the tree cutting area maps.

UINTA-WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST:(801) 236-3400 AND (801) 342-5100 http://fs.usda.gov/uwcnf 

Heber-Kamas Ranger District:  CHRISTMAS TREE PERMITS HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT.

Evanston/Mt. View Ranger Districts: (307) 789-3194 and (307) 782-6555 - Permits for the Evanston area go on sale Monday, November 15, 2010.  Permits are $10.00, one permit per household, one tree only.  Permits can be purchased at the Evanston Ranger District Office, 1565 South Highway 150, Suite A, Evanston, Wyoming from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Permits may also be purchased at the Bear River Lodge located 30 miles south of Evanston on the Mirror Lake Highway 150, (435) 642-6289.  Any species of tree may be cut, but Lodgepole Pine is the main species in the area.  Snow conditions may require permit holders to use snowmobiles, cross-country skies or snowshoes to access the cutting area. 

Permits for the Mt. View area go on sale, Monday, November 15, 2010.  Permits are $10.00, one permit per household, one tree only.  Permits can be purchased at the Mountain View Ranger District, 321 Highway 414, Mountain View, Wyoming, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday only.  Permits may also be purchased at the Maverick Store(307) 782-6693 located at 655 N. Highway 414in Mountain View, Wyoming, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  Any species of tree may be cut, but Lodgepole Pine is the main species in the area.

The gates on the Mirror Lake Highway and on the North Slope Road are typically closed during the first week of December, limiting access for people without a snow machine.  Cutting is not allowed in the Lily Lake Cross Country Ski Area.  

ASHLEY NATIONAL FOREST:  (435) 789-1181 - www.fs.fed.us/r4/ashley

Flaming Gorge Ranger District:(435) 784-3445 - Permits go on sale Friday, November 19, 2010.  Permits will be available at the Flaming Gorge Ranger District Office, intersection Highway 43 & 44, Manila, Utah and the Green River Office, 1450 Uinta Drive, Green River, Wyoming from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Also, permits will be available at Flaming Gorge Resort.  Cost of the nonrefundable permit is $10.00 and there is a limit of one permit per household, one tree only.  Any species of tree may be cut except Ponderosa Pine.

Duchesne and Roosevelt Ranger Districts: (435) 738-2482 or (435) 722-5018  Permits go on sale Friday, November 19, 2010 and are limited - Permits may be purchased at the Duchesne Ranger District Office, 85 West Main, Duchesne, Utah, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday or the Roosevelt Ranger District Office, 650 West Highway 40, Roosevelt, Utah 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Permits may also be purchased at the Hanna Country Store, State Route 35, Hanna, Utah (435) 848-5752and at Stewart’s Market, 245 West Highway 40 in Roosevelt, (435) 722-5650.  Permits are $10.00 each, one permit per household, one tree only. 

Vernal Ranger District: (435) 789-1181 - Permits go on sale Friday, November 19, 2010.  Permits may be purchased at the Vernal Office, located at 355 North Vernal Avenue in Vernal, Utah Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Permits may also be purchased at the following businesses 7 days a week; Davis Jubilee Store, 575 West Main, in Vernal, (435) 789-2001 and Shirley’s Country Corner, 6982 North 9500 East, Highway 12 in LaPoint, (435) 247-2690.  Permits are $10.00, one permit per household, one tree only.  Any species of tree can be cut except Ponderosa Pine.  Individuals may purchase up to two additional permits on the Flaming Gorge and Vernal Ranger Districts and permits must be issued in the names and addresses of the person for whom the permits are purchased.

DIXIENATIONAL FOREST:  (435) 865-3700 – www.fs.fed.us/r4/dixie

Cedar City Ranger District: (435) 865-3700 - Permits go on sale Monday, November 8, 2010.  Permits can be obtained at the Cedar City Ranger District, 1789 North Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, Utah from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Permits are $10.00, one permit per household, one tree only.  The only species of trees that can be cut are Sub-Alpine Fir, White Fir and Pinyon Pine.  Please check with the Cedar City Ranger District office before traveling the Cedar Breaks Road to obtain the most current road condition information.

Escalante Ranger District: (435) 826-5400- Permits go on sale Friday, November 5, 2010.  Permits can be obtained at the Escalante Ranger District, 755 West Main, Escalante, Utah from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Permits may also be bought at Antimony Merc, Antimony, Utah (435) 624-3253, 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Contact the Escalante Ranger District for a list of other vendors.  Permits are $10.00, one permit per household, one tree only.  All species of tree may be cut except Bristlecone Pine.

Powell Ranger District: (435) 676-9300 - Permits are now available and can be obtained at the Powell Ranger District, 225 East Center Street, Panguitch, Utah from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Permits are $10.00 for a tree up to 10 feet and $20.00 for a tree 11 foot to 20 foot.  All species of trees can be cut except Bristlecone Pine.

St. George Interagency Visitor Center: (435) 688-3246 or (435) 652-3100 - Permits go on sale Monday, November 8, 2010.  Permits can be purchased at the Visitor Center, 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  Permits may also be purchased at Spanish Trail Supply Company, 21 South Main, Veyo, Utah (435) 574-0808 seven days a week and Veyo Mercantile, 13 North Main Street, Veyo, Utah (435) 574-2749, Monday through Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturdays. Permits are $10.00; Pinion Pine and Juniper are the only species of trees that may be cut.  One person can purchase up to 5 tags.

FISHLAKENATIONAL FOREST:  (435) 896-9233 – www.fs.fed.us/r4/fishlake

Beaver Ranger District: (435) 438-2436 - Permits are now available and may be purchased at the Beaver Ranger District, 575 South Main, Beaver, Utah, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Permits may also be purchased at the Paiute County Courthouse, in Junction, Utah, (435) 577-2988, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Beaver Sport and Pawn, 85 North Main, Beaver, Utah (435) 438-2100, seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Permits are $10.00 each, two permits per household, 2 trees only.  All species of trees may be cut except Ponderosa Pine and Blue Spruce.

Fillmore Ranger District: (435) 743-5721 - Permits go on sale Monday, November 22, 2010.  Permits can be purchased at the Fillmore Ranger District, 390 South Main Fillmore, Utah Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Permits are $10.00, one permit per household, one tree only.  Any species of tree maybe cut except Ponderosa Pine.

Fremont Ranger District: (435) 836-2811 - Permits are now available and can be purchased at the Fremont River Ranger District Office, 138 South Main, Loa, Utah from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Permits are $10.00, one permit per person, one tree only.  Any species of tree may be cut, but Ponderosa Pine and Bristlecone Pine.  Trees maybe cut anywhere on the Fremont Ranger District, except the Fish Lake Basin, the vicinity of Wildcat Guard Station and Oak Creek campground including the Meadows and Park Pasture.

Richfield Ranger District:(435) 896-9233 - Permits go on sale Friday, November 19, 2010.  Permits can be purchased at the Richfield Ranger District Office, 115 East 900 North, Richfield, Utah, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Permits are $10.00, one permit per household, one tree only.  Any species of tree may be cut except Ponderosa Pine, Engleman and Blue Spruce.  Permits may also be purchased at: Lin’s Market, 670 North Main Street in Richfield, Utah Saturday and Sundays from 6:00 a.m. to midnight; Don’s Sinclair, 215 West Main in Salina, Utah Monday-Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

MANTI-LASAL NATIONAL FOREST: www.fs.fed.us/r4/mantilasal

Ferron/Price Ranger Districts: (435) 384-2372/ (435) 637-2817 and Moab/Monticello Ranger Districts: (435) 259-7155 or (435) 587-2041 Christmas tree permits will be on sale at the Sanpete District office of the Manti-La Sal National Forest beginning Nov. 15 at a cost of $10 each.  The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  In addition, the Sanpete office will open two Saturdays, November 27 and December 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Christmas tree permit sales. 

The Sanpete District will not be selling tree permits at canyon sites on the District this year.  In another change from past policy, permits may be used in any area of the Forest, except places closed to tree cutting.  The district will have 2,000 permits to sell, which has been sufficient to meet the demand in the past, but within the limits needed to sustain the Christmas tree cutting program from year to year.

Some local retailers will also be selling permits at their businesses to assist weekend and after-hours customers.  Retailer locations are the following:

Nephi – Choice Hardware & Home Center LLC, 1005 N. Main Str, 435-623-5100

Mt. Pleasant – Beck’s Home Furnishings, 14 W. Main, 435-462-2698

Gunnison – Rasmussen’s Ace Hardware, 435 S. Main, 435-528-7513

In addition, the Forest will be selling tree permits through the mail.  Customers should send a request for the permit, provide their name, mailing address, phone number, and a check for $10 in an envelope marked “Attention: Christmas Tree Sales.”  A permit will be sent to them by return mail.  Orders can be sent to the following mailing address if you would like to cut a Christmas tree on the Sanpete District: Sanpete District Office, 540 N. Main Street, Ephraim, UT 84627-1117

Permits for the other districts on the Manti-LaSal are available at the Price, Ferron, Moab or Monticello offices. There is a limit of three permits per person.  Purchasers will need to provide a check or exact change.  Forest Service Offices are not equipped to accept debit or credit cards or make change.

The person selling tags will issue each purchaser a map and cutting instructions.  Customers traveling long distances for permits should call in advance to determine if permits are still available.  Vehicle access, except for snow machines, must be confined to established roads on the Forest.  Roads may be muddy, snow packed and slick.  Be prepared for winter driving conditions.

 

 

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