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🌲Want to chop your own Christmas tree? Here's where you can get a permit for that in Utah🌲

By Carter Williams, KSL.com | Posted - Nov 5th, 2019 @ 12:31pm



SALT LAKE CITY — It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Sure, Thanksgiving comes first, but it’s also time to think about your Christmas tree.

Monday marked the beginning of the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service’s annual pinyon pine, juniper and fir tree permit sale for the holiday.

According to the forest service, all trees in national forests must be cut close to the ground, with a stump no higher than 6 inches from the ground. Officials suggest anyone cutting trees bring a shovel in case they have to dig through snow to the base of the tree. Cutting trees is also prohibited 200 feet from water features, roads, campgrounds, picnic areas, administrative sites, homes/cabins or within designated closed areas on tree-cutting maps.

Here’s where you can buy a permit this year:

Monday, Nov. 4

Dixie National Forest

Locations:

  • U.S. Forest Service Cedar City Ranger District Office, 1789 N. Wedgewood Lane in Cedar City
  • Clarke’s Country Market, 141 N. Main in Tropic, Garfield County
  • Cottam’s 66 Station, 79 E. Main in Escalante, Garfield County
  • U.S. Forest Service Escalante Ranger District Office, 755 W. Main in Escalante, Garfield County
  • Hall’s Store, 425 N. state Route 12 in Boulder, Garfield County
  • Hurst Ace Hardware, 165 S. Main in Cedar City
  • U.S. Forest Service Pine Valley Ranger District Office, 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George
  • U.S. Forest Service Powell Ranger District Office, 225 E. Center in Panguitch Tree type: subalpine fir, white fir, pinyon pine and juniper can be cut. Ask which species are allowed to be chopped in each district when purchasing. Cost: $10 for a tree up to 10 feet tall and $20 for a tree up to 20 feet tall, with a limit of one per household

Note: Antimony Merc (10 N. Highway 22 in Antimony, Garfield County) will begin selling permits on Nov. 13.

Fillmore BLM Field Office

Location: 95 E. 500 North in Fillmore

Phone: 435-688-3200

Tree type: juniper and pinyon pine

Cost: $10 per tree with a limit of three per household

Fishlake National Forest

Locations:

  • U.S. Forest Service Beaver Ranger District Office, 575 S. Main in Beaver
  • Beaver Sports and Pawn, 91 N. Main in Beaver
  • Don’s Sinclair, 215 W. Main in Salina, Sevier County
  • Fishlake Lumber, 1627 N. state Route 357 in Beaver
  • U.S. Forest Service Fremont River Ranger District Office, 138 S. Main in Loa, Wayne County
  • Jorgensen’s, 980 S. Cove View Road in Richfield
  • Larsen’s Ace Hardware, 1155 S. state Route 118 in Richfield
  • Piute County Sheriff’s Office, 550 N. Main in Junction, Piute County
  • U.S. Forest Service Richfield Ranger District Office, 115 E. 900 North in Richfield Tree type: All species but ponderosa pine in most locations. The species can be cut on Boulder Mountain in the Fremont River district. Blue spruces may not be cut in Beaver district. Cost: $10 for a tree up to 10 feet tall and $20 for a tree up to 20 feet tall, with a limit of one per household

Note: Check maps to see which areas are marked for cutting and which aren’t.

Kanab BLM Field Office

Location: 669 S. U.S. Highway 89 A in Kanab

Phone: 435-896-1500

Type: juniper and pinyon pine

Cost: $10 per tree with a limit of two per household

Moab BLM Field Office

Location: 82 E. Dogwood Ave. in Moab

Phone: 435-259-2100

Type: pinyon pine

Cost: $10 per tree with a limit of two per household

Monticello BLM Field Office

Location: 365 N. Main in Monticello

Phone: 435-587-1500

Type: juniper and pinyon pine

Cost: $10 per tree with a limit of two per household

Salt Lake BLM Field Office

Location: 2370 S. Decker Lake Blvd. in West Valley City

Phone: 801-977-4300

Tree type: juniper and pinyon pine

Cost: $10 per tree with a limit of two per household

Note: More tree units were added in 2019 to meet high demand, according to the BLM. Permits for Fillmore Field Office and lands in Elko County, Nevada, also can be purchased at this location. Elko permits are $4 per tree with a limit of 10 per household.

St. George BLM Field Office

Location: 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George

Phone: 435-688-3200

Tree type: juniper and pinyon pine

Cost: $10 per tree with a limit of two per household

Note: Trees in BLM’s Arizona Strip District can also be purchased here. Those trees are also $10 apiece with a limit of two per household.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests

Locations:

  • U.S. Forest Service Heber Ranger District Office, 2460 S. U.S. Highway 40 in Heber City
  • U.S. Forest Service Kamas Ranger District Office, 50 E. Center in Kamas
  • Mirror Lake Service Chevron, 2 N. Main in Kamas
  • Silver Eagle, 1590 S. U.S. Highway 40 in Heber City Tree type: subalpine fir, white fir and lodgepole pine; all trees must be 20 feet or shorter. Cost: $15 for a tree with a limit of one per customer

Note: All trees must be cut by Dec. 25

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Cedar City BLM Field Office

Location: 176 E. DL Sargent Drive in Cedar City

Phone: 435-865-3000

Type: juniper, pinyon pine and white fir

Cost: $10 per tree with a limit of two per household

Richfield BLM Field Office

Location: 150 E. 900 North in Richfield

Phone: 435-896-1500

Type: juniper and pinyon pine

Cost: $10 per tree with a limit of two per household

Thursday, Nov. 7

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests

Location: U.S. Forest Service Spanish Fork Ranger District Office, 44 W. 400 North in Spanish Fork

Tree type: juniper or pinyon pine; all trees must be 20 feet or shorter

Cost: $15 for a tree up with a limit of one per customer

Note: Only available for the Vernon area in Tooele County. All trees must be cut by Dec. 24 and must be tagged prior to being transported.

Friday, Nov. 15

An aerial view of Ashley National Forest in northeastern Utah in 2014. (Photo: Sam Penrod, KSL TV, File)

Ashley National Forest

Locations:

  • Ashley National Forest Supervisor's Office, 355 N. Vernal Ave. in Vernal
  • Davis Jubilee Food & Drug, 575 W. Main in Vernal
  • Davis Jubilee Food & Drug, 750 E. 200 North in Roosevelt
  • U.S. Forest Service Duchesne Ranger District Office, 85 W. Main in Duchesne
  • Chevron Eagles Nest, 432 W. Main in Duchesne
  • Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area Office, 25 state Route 44 in Manila, Daggett County
  • Flaming Gorge Resort, U.S. Highway 191 in Dutch John, Daggett County
  • Flaming Gorge Market and Mercantile, 75 E. state Route 43 in Manila, Daggett County
  • Hanna Country Store, 40928 W. state Route 35 in Hanna, Duchesne County
  • Liberty Corner, 6982 N. 9500 East in Lapoint, Uintah County
  • Stewart’s Market, 245 W. U.S. Highway 40 in Roosevelt

    Cost: $15 per tree with a limit of one per household Monday, Nov. 18

Manti-Lasal National Forest

Locations:

  • Blanding Visitor Center, 12 N. Grayson Parkway in Blanding
  • Choice Hardware & Home Center, 1005 N. Main in Nephi
  • Castle Valley Supply, 35 W. Canyon Road in Huntington
  • U.S. Forest Service Ferron-Price Ranger District Office, 115 W. Canyon Road in Ferron, Emery County
  • Main Street Market, 15 W. Main in Ferron, Emery County
  • Manti-Lasal Forest Supervisor’s Office, 599 W. Price River Drive in Price
  • U.S. Forest Service Moab Ranger District Office, 62 E. 100 North in Moab
  • Moab Information Center, 25 E. Center in Moab
  • U.S. Forest Service Monticello Ranger District Office, 432 E. Center in Monticello
  • Monticello Visitor Center, 216 S. Main in Monticello
  • U.S. Forest Service Sanpete Ranger District Office, 540 N. Main in Ephraim
  • U.S. Forest Service Spanish Fork Ranger District Office, 44 W. 400 North in Spanish Fork Cost: $10 per tree with a limit of three per household Note: Will continue selling until permits sell out or until Dec. 23

Price BLM Field Office

Location: 125 S. 600 West in Price

Phone: 435-636-3600

Type: juniper and pinyon pine

Cost: $10 per tree with a limit of five per household

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests

Locations:

  • Bear River Lodge, mile marker 49 on state Route 150 in Kamas
  • Benedict Thriftway Store, 950 N. Wyoming Highway 414 in Mountain View, Wyoming
  • U.S. Forest Service Evanston Ranger District Office, 1565 Wyoming Highway 150, Suite A in Evanston, Wyoming
  • Last Chance Sinclair, 49 Aspen Grove Drive in Evanston, Wyoming
  • U.S. Forest Service Mountain View Ranger District Office, 321 Wyoming Highway 414 in Mountain View, Wyoming Tree type: subalpine fir, white fir and lodgepole pine; all trees must be 20 feet or shorter Cost: $15 for a tree up with a limit of one per customer

Note: All trees must be cut by Dec. 25. Cutting is not allowed in the Lily Lake Cross Country Ski Area.

Vernal BLM Field Office

Location: 170 S. 500 East in Vernal

Phone: 435-781-4400

Type: juniper and pinyon pine

Cost: $10 per tree with a limit of one per household

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