We have survived another hot summer! With the enjoyment of the cooler temperatures it means Christmas is just around the corner.
For many families, the tradition of cutting down their Christmas tree in the Arizona forest is a tradition. However, before you can select the perfect tree to celebrate the holidays, there are a few important steps that must be taken.
Kaibab National Forest Christmas tree permits go on sale this Thursday, Oct. 13. Only those with permits are allowed to cut down a tree. Permit holders may begin cutting trees on Tuesday, Nov. 1. All permits are good through Dec. 31, 2022.
1,200 permits will be granted and the permits will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Up to five trees may be purchased on a single permit at a price of $15 per tree.
If you would like to obtain a permit, the first step is making an account online. This helpful website details rules on where trees are able to be cut down and helpful tips in the process. Permit owners can also download a map to help in the decision process as to where they would like to select their tree from. The map will also details areas that are not permitted for cutting down trees.
Permits will be available for North Kaibab Ranger District, Tusayan Ranger District, and Williams Ranger District.
Every Kid Outdoors Initiative – Get A Free Tree
As a special initiative, if you have a child that is a fourth-grader, families can apply to get a free Christmas tree from the Kaibab National Forest. All fourth-graders are eligible through the Every Kid Outdoors initiative.
To obtain information on the program and apply to obtain a free Christmas tree-cutting permit get your voucher through Every Kids Outdoors here, then go to the permit site for the details and permit. For more info, click here.