BLM, USFS offer Christmas tree permits

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Christmas tree permits are now available on Bureau of Land Management land in Utah and will be available in the Manti-La Sal National Forest Nov. 18. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service/Wikimedia Commons

On Nov. 4, the Bureau of Land Management in Utah will begin selling non-commercial permits to cut pinyon pine, juniper and fir trees. The U.S. Forest Service will also sell Christmas tree-cutting permits for the Manti-La Sal National Forest from Nov. 18 until Dec. 23 or sold out.

Permits are available for purchase during regular business hours, excluding federal holidays, at the following locations:

BLM: Moab Field Office. Dates: Beginning Nov. 4. Cost: $10 each with a limit of two per household. Type: Pinyon pine. Where to purchase permits: Moab Field Office, 82 East Dogwood. For more information call 435-259-2100.

Monticello Field Office. Dates: Beginning Nov. 4. Cost: $10 each with a limit of two per household. Type: Pinyon pine and juniper. Where to purchase permits: Monticello Field Office, 365 North Main. For more information call 435-587-1500.

USFS: Moab Information Center, 25 East Center Street. Monticello Visitor Center, 216 South Main Street. Blanding Visitor Center, 12 North Grayson Pkwy. Permits will not be available by mail or phone order. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Permits are $10 apiece.

Regarding BLM permits: Early season cutting is advised, as winter weather conditions in the mountains are unpredictable. Be prepared for slick, snow-packed roads and carry chains. The BLM recommends using a four-wheel drive vehicle or snow machine in many locations. Stay on designated roads and trails and respect private property boundaries. People should let someone know where they are going and when they expect to return. Remember to carry a cell phone, bring additional warm clothing, gloves, boots and a container of hot liquid, water, and a lunch or snack, advise officials in a press release.

Carry a flashlight, shovel, first-aid kit, matches, axe or handsaw, and a rope to secure your tree, officials advise.

Regarding USFS permits: Fourth graders who have an “Every Kid Outdoors” pass can bring the pass to the district office to receive a free Christmas tree permit. Free permits will be issued until the supply is exhausted. A parent or guardian at least 18 years old should accompany the fourth grader. Also, the tag cannot be issued without the presence of the fourth grader who has been issued the EKO pass. The EKO pass can be obtained at everykidoutdoors.gov. The paper pass can be exchanged for a plastic pass at the district office, which allows fourth graders free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full year.

Purchasers will need to provide a credit or debit card, check or exact change. Forest Service offices are not equipped to make change. There are no refunds.

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, officials say.