SFNF Christmas Tree Permits Available Nov. 24

SFNF News:

Follow a familiar family tradition or start a new one this year by cutting a Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest. 

Christmas tree permits go on sale Monday at Santa Fe National Forest Headquarters and Ranger District offices. The nonrefundable permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $10 by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 24. Permit purchasers will receive a tree tag, map and guidelines for harvesting a tree. 

One tag is valid for a tree up to five inches in diameter and 10 feet in height. Trees taller than 10 feet and/or wider than five inches require an additional tag. For example, a 15-foot tree requires two tags. The Santa Fe National Forest has a three-tag limit per person. 

Permit holders should be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and colder conditions in higher elevations. Visitors are advised to check with the local Ranger District office or the New Mexico Department of Transportation website for current road and weather conditions. Christmas tree cutters should also make sure they have the appropriate equipment to harvest a tree and safely transport it home. Forest Service staff may be in the cutting areas to check permits and answer questions. 

Permit holders are asked to practice good stewardship. Christmas tree permits purchased at a Santa Fe National Forest office are valid only on land within Forest boundaries, and tree cutting is prohibited within 300 feet of streams, rivers and paved roads, and in all recreation camp areas and congressionally designated wilderness areas.

The public may purchase Christmas tree permits at the following Santa Fe National Forest offices 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday:

All offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. For additional information about the Santa Fe National Forest’s Christmas tree permits, contact Forest Headquarters at 505.438.5300