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Buy “Cut-your-own” Christmas Tree Permits starting Nov. 19 Fourth graders get one free

By SFNF

Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are available for purchase beginning Monday, Nov. 19 at SFNF Headquarters, all SFNF Ranger District offices, and select third-party vendors.

As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free Christmas tree permit.

In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at www.everykidinapark.gov. Once the pass is printed, the fourth grader must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 to pick up the permit from the SFNF office of choice. The free permits can only be acquired at an SFNF office.

The nonrefundable Christmas tree permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for 10 dollars by check, credit/debit card, or cash through Saturday, 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 at higher elevations. USDA 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 an SFNF office or authorized vendor are valid only on land within SFNF boundaries.  Tree cutting is prohibited within 300 feet of streams, rivers and paved roads, and in all recreation camp areas, as well as congressionally designated wilderness areas.

The public may purchase Christmas tree permits at any SFNF office during nnormal business hours. Offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans Day and on Thursday, Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving Day. Since vendors will receive a limited number of permits, call in advance to check availability.

For additional information about the SFNF Christmas tree permits, contact the SFNF Headquarters at (505) 438-5300, or your local SFNF Ranger District office.

 

FOREST SERVICE OFFICE TELEPHONE PERMIT SALES HOURS

 

Coyote Ranger Station

Coyote, NM

 

(575) 638-5526 Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm, 12:30-4pm
Cuba Ranger Station

Cuba, NM

 

(575) 289-3264 Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm, 12:30-4pm
Jemez Ranger Station

Jemez Springs, NM

 

(575) 829-3535 Mon-Fri: 8am-4:30pm

 

Pecos Ranger Station

Pecos, NM

(505) 757-6121 Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm, 12:30-4:30pm

No sales after 3 pm on Wednesdays

 

Las Vegas Ranger Station

Las Vegas, NM

(505) 425-3534 Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm, 12:30-4:30pm

No sales after 3pm on Wednesdays

 

Española Ranger Station

Española, NM

 

(505) 753-7331 Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm, 12:30-4pm
Supervisor’s Office

11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM

 

 

(505) 438-5300 Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
OTHER VENDORS TELEPHONE HOLIDAY BUSINESS HOURS

 

Alpine Sports

121 Sandoval St.

Santa Fe, NM 87501

 

(505)983-5155 Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6pm
Los Alamos Historical Museum

Fuller Lodge Lobby

1050 Bathtub Row

Los Alamos, NM 87544

 

(505) 695-5250 Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm

Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm

Phillips 66

6454 Main Street (US Hwy 550)

Cuba, NM 87013

 

(575)-289-0338 Mon-Sun: 6am-8pm
Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center

7413 Highway 4

Jemez Pueblo, NM 87024

(575) 834-7235 Friday, Saturday & Sunday

8am-12pm & 1-5pm

Cash or check only – no credit cards

 

   
Pancho’s Minute Men Shell Station

9 S. Main Street

Pecos, NM 87552

 

(505) 757-2620 Mon-Fri: 6am-9:30pm

Sat-Sun: 7am-9:30pm

Cash only

Laguna Vista Quick-Stop

167 Hwy. 518

Las Vegas, NM 87701

(505) 425-7706 Mon-Fri: 6am-7pm

Sat: 7am-7pm; Sun: 7am-2 pm

Thanksgiving Day: 7-11am

 

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