Christmas Tree tags now available for Kaibab Plateau

FREDONIA, Ariz. - Christmas tree-cutting tags for the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest went on sale yesterday, and trees may be cut as soon as a tag has been purchased.

Tags cost $15 with a limit of one tree per household. Trees can be purchased at the North Kaibab Ranger District office in Fredonia, at the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center in Jacob Lake or by mail.

The North Kaibab Ranger District office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will also be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on select weekend days to include the following:  Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 8, Dec. 14 and Dec. 15.

The Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following weekend days, weather permitting:  Nov. 23, Nov. 24, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. If traveling to the visitor center, the Forest Service suggests visitors call ahead at (928) 643-7298 to make sure it's open.

Mail requests for Christmas tree tags should include the customer's name, $15 and a self-addressed stamped envelope. The Forest Service only accepts cash or checks. Address mail requests can be sent to: Christmas Tree Coordinator, North Kaibab Ranger District, P.O. Box 248/430 South Main Street, Fredonia, AZ, 86022. Customers should expect at least seven days to receive a permit by mail.

Customers will receive a map that shows what areas are authorized for cutting. Tree species available include blue and Englemann spruce, Douglas, subalpine and white fir, pinyon and ponderosa pine and Utah and Rocky Mountain juniper.

Christmas trees can be harvested any time from now until Dec. 24. Although the exact date has yet to be determined, the Arizona Department of Transportation typically closes the winter gate on Highway 67 at Jacob Lake in early December. Visitors can access cutting areas via forest roads. The Forest Service urges visitors to monitor weather conditions as most roads on the district are not paved.

More information is available by contacting the North Kaibab Ranger District at (928) 643-7395.

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