CEDAR CITY — The Dixie National Forest is offering permits for Christmas trees up to 10 feet for $10 and trees over 10 feet for $20.
Permits are available at all Dixie National Forest Offices — St. George, Cedar City, Panguitch and Escalante — and through partner vendors, including Ace Hardware in Cedar City, Boulder Exchange in Boulder, Clarke's Market in Tropic, Antimony Merc in Antimony, Cottam's Canyon Country in Escalante, the Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association at the St. George Interagency Office and Veyo Mercantile in Veyo.
In addition, the forest will offer one free Christmas tree permit to fourth-graders who present an Every Kid in a Park pass. The limited number of free permits are good for trees under 12 feet. The fourth-grader must be present with the parent at the time the permit is issued. The pass, which can be obtained at EveryKidinaPark.gov, must be brought to a Dixie National Forest office for the free permit.
Five Christmas tree permits are allowed per household, and tees must be cut within designated cutting areas. Trees may be cut through Sunday, Dec. 24.
Money raised from the permits go back into a local fund that directly benefits recreation users on the forest.