RICHFIELD — Christmas tree permits will be available again this year from the Fishlake National Forest.
The permits allow individuals the opportunity to cut a tree from the national forest for their personal use. They cannot be resold.
Permits sell for $10, and they must be picked up in person. Mail orders and phone requests will not be accepted. The permits must be securely attached to the harvested tree and remain with that tree during transport. Most species of trees in the national forest may be cut, except for ponderosa pine.
Permits may be purchased at any of the Fishlake National Forest offices.
The Richfield Ranger District, 115 E. 900 North, will have permits available beginning Monday, Nov. 18. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Fremont River Ranger District, 138 S. Main, Loa, now has permits available during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Fishlake Basin Recreation Area, including Johnson Valley, is closed to tree cutting from the forest boundary on the west to Zedd's Meadow on the east.
The Fillmore Ranger District, 390 S. Main, Fillmore, will sell permits from Nov. 18 through Dec. 20 at the office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The office will be open three Saturdays: Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Purchase limit is one permit per household, though additional tags may be purchased for neighbors or family members.
Suggested cutting areas are Whiskey Creek, John Williams Canyon, Chalk Creek, Meadow Creek, Cove Fort, Willow Creek and Wild Goose Canyon. No trees may be cut in Dry Creek and Oak Creek Canyon.
The Beaver Ranger District, 575 S. Main, Beaver, will sell permits from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Blue Spruce may not be cut. Trees are not to be cut in the Merchant Valley Summer Home area or along the visible edge of state Route 153.
Permits will be available again this year at Beaver Sports and Pawn, 91 N. Main, Beaver, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week; Fishlake Lumber, 1627 N. state Route 357, Beaver, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; and the Piute County Sheriff's Office, 550 N. Main, Junction, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Fishlake National Forest officials encourage those purchasing permits to be prepared for bad weather and poor road conditions. In addition, be sure that trees are cut on the national forest, not private land. Maps are available from national forest offices.
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