Christmas tree cutting permits for the Magdalena Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and Grasslands are now available at the district ranger station through Thursday, Dec 30.
The cutting period for permits will be from Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25 thru Dec. 31.
Each permit is good for one Christmas tree, two trees per household may be purchased. The cost is $10 for up to a 10-foot tree, $12 for up to a 12-foot tree and $15 for up to a 15-foot tree. The maximum height allowed is 15 feet.
Permits are also available for the Mountainair and Mt. Taylor Ranger Districts.
In addition, all fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid Outdoors initiative, as supplies allow.
Every Kid Outdoors is a nationwide call to action to connect kids to nature. All fourth graders are eligible to receive an Every Kid Outdoors pass that allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full year. To be eligible for a free Christmas tree permit, the Every Kid Outdoor passcode must be provided at the time of purchase. For additional information about the initiative and how to obtain a pass, visit everykidoutdoors.gov.
The Cibola National Forest has implemented safety procedures for permit sales at office locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are required to be worn within all Forest Service offices.
Cutting permit purchases may also be made by phone at 575-854-2281. The permit can be mailed to you or ready for curbside pickup by the close of business the next day.
A credit card or debit card is required for orders by phone.
It is also possible to purchase your tree permit online through recreation.gov.
Magdalena Ranger District Office is located at 203 1st Street in Magdalena.