Christmas tree permits in Manti-La Sal National Forest to go on sale Nov. 19
Christmas tree permits will be on sale at all offices of the Manti-La Sal National Forest beginning Nov. 19 for $10 each. District offices (Ephraim, Ferron, Moab and Monticello) are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Supervisor's Office in Price is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permits will be sold at the Blanding Visitor Center.
There is a limit of three permits per person. Purchasers will need to provide a check or exact change. There will be no refunds. To buy a permit for a tree over 8 feet in height, the buyer must first obtain written authorization from the nearest District Office or Supervisor's Office, and pay 50 cents per additional foot, payable when the permit is purchased.
The Forest will also be selling tree permits through the mail. Customers should send a request for the permit, provide their name, mailing address, phone number, and a check for $10/per permit in an envelope marked "Attention: Christmas Tree Sales." Make checks payable to: USDA Forest Service. A permit will be sent by return mail. A purchaser may request authorization for trees taller than 8 feet (see above) as part of their order, and include the additional costs in their check payment.
Orders should be sent to the district where the tree will be cut: Supervisor's Office/Price District, 599 W. Price River Drive, Price, UT 84501, phone, 435-637-2817; Ferron-Price District Office, P.O. Box 310, Ferron, UT 84523, phone, 435-384-2372; Moab District Office, P.O. Box 386, Moab, UT 84532, phone, 435-259-7155; Monticello District Office, P.O. Box 820, Monticello, UT 84535, phone, 435-587-2041; and the Sanpete District Office, 540 N. Main Street, Ephraim, UT 84627-1117, phone, 435-283-4151.
In addition, the following private vendors will be selling permits: Choice Hardware & Home Center, 1005 N. Main, Nephi; Beck's Home Furnishings, 14 West Main, Mt. Pleasant; Rasmussen Ace Hardware, 435 South Main, Gunnison; the Blanding Visitors' Center, 12 North Grayson Parkway, Blanding, on Saturdays 11/24, 12/1, and 12/8; The Main Street Market, 15 W. Main St., Ferron; Castle Valley Co-op, 35 W. SR-31, Huntington; Sutherland Lumber, 406 S Hwy 55, Price. The cost for permits is the same regardless of where they are purchased.
Tree permits are for personal use only, cash and checks are the only accepted method of payment. Trees must always be cut close to the ground leaving the stump no higher than 6 inches. A shovel will come in handy to dig through the snow to reach the base of the tree. Make sure your permit is attached to the tree before leaving the cutting area. Tree topping is not allowed. No cutting within 200 feet of riparian areas (lakes and streams) roads, campgrounds, picnic areas, administrative sites, summer home areas, or within designated closed areas shown on tree cutting area maps.
Weather conditions in the mountains are unpredictable, so always be prepared for winter weather. Stay on designated roads and trails. Be prepared for slick, snow packed roads and have chains, a 4-wheel drive vehicle, or a snow machine available. Let someone know where you are planning to go and approximate time you will return. Carry a cell phone; bring additional warm clothing, good warm gloves, boots, and a container of hot liquid, water, lunch or snack, as it may take longer than expected.Â Carry a flashlight, chains, shovel, first aid kit, matches, a hatchet, ax or handsaw, and rope to secure your tree.