Forest Updates

Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Permits 

No need to worry about the predicted Christmas tree shortage this year. All you have to do is purchase a permit to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Over-the-phone and online sales are underway.

Permits can be purchased online through and printed at home as a convenient alternative to calling a SFNF office to purchase your permit over the phone. Permits purchased by phone from forest headquarters or any of the SFNF district offices will be delivered via postal mail along with maps and guidelines for harvesting a tree.

Customers in the Pecos area can also buy a Christmas tree permit at Pancho’s Minute Men Shell Station at 9 S. Main Street in Pecos. Call Pancho’s at 505-757-2620 to confirm permit availability. This year the SFNF will not be selling Christmas tree permits through any other third-party vendors, including REI in Santa Fe.

As part of the “Every Kid Outdoors” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit with a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass, downloadable at The student’s unique pass code is required to receive a free permit. Fourth graders can apply for their free permit through the online system by selecting the option and entering the code on their pass when prompted. The online Every Kid Outdoors permits will include the $2.50 service fee. Every Kid Outdoors permits can also be redeemed from the forest directly over the phone.           

Hazardous Fuels Reduction

Fall is prescribed fire season. The Santa Fe National Forest will be conducting prescribed burns across the forest only when conditions are optimal in order to reduce hazardous fuels and reintroduce low- to moderate-intensity fire to the landscape. Watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for information about specific prescribed burns.

Personal-Use Fuelwood Permits 

You can still purchase a 2021 personal-use fuelwood permit but be aware that they expire on Dec. 31.  The 2022 permits will not be available until spring.