How to cut down your own Christmas tree in an Arizona forest
If you're feeling adventurous this year, you can cut down your own Christmas tree instead of buying from a lot or using the same old artificial one.
State of play: Three of Arizona's national forests are still selling Christmas tree permits.
How it works: Each permit costs $15 and must be bought in advance through the U.S. Forest Service.
- Check the forest of your choice for specific rules. Most limit you to a 10-foot tree.
- Have your permit handy when you go to collect your tree. It will have instructions on the type of tree and which part of the forest you can cut from.
- Do not cut on private land, in wilderness areas, designated campgrounds or existing tree plantations.
Be smart: Don't forget a handsaw for cutting and ropes or straps to secure the tree to your vehicle (you don't want a Griswold situation!).
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