Utahns who prefer to cut down their own Christmas tree can get one as soon as next week if they are willing to travel to the state's remote northeast corner and pay five dollars for a permit.
Rangers in the Ashley National Forest's Flaming Gorge Ranger District say they will begin selling permits Nov. 13 for cutting either juniper, lodgepole pine or pinyon pine trees."Only those species may be cut and the trees must be at least a quarter mile from recreation areas and other developed National Forest sites and 100 feet from any stream or road," district spokesman Gary Stolz said Thursday.
The Forest Service's Manila and Dutch John offices are open only on weekdays, he said. But people should be able to obtain permits any day at the Flaming Gorge Dam visitors center, Flaming Gorge Lodge, Steinaker Chevron or McKinnon Country Store.