St. George, Utah -- Many of today’s families still relish the age-old tradition of roaming the hills together on a cold winter’s day in search of a unique, naturally grown Christmas tree. The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service are offering permits to harvest Christmas trees through Dec. 25.
Permits enable holders to cut personal-use trees on lands managed by the BLM and the Forest Service in the following areas;
Arizona Strip District Bureau of Land Management ($5 per permit)
St. George Field Office, Bureau of Land Management ($10 per permit)
Dixie National Forest ($10 for trees from 1-10 feet high/$20 for trees 11-20 feet high)
A permit is required for the harvest of each individual tree. The tree tag is validated by attaching it securely to the tree in a visible location and cutting out the date, month and year. Permits are only good for the land agency in which the tag was purchased.
The Dixie National Forest is also offering to mail out permits purchased online to the public. Allow 3-5 business days for receipt.
Christmas tree harvesting is not allowed in wilderness areas, campgrounds, developed recreation areas, national monuments, research natural areas, areas of critical environmental concern, or posted tree plantations, within 200 feet of state highways or on private lands. Permit holders can easily avoid non-permitted areas by carrying their tree permit and map with them, along with the appropriate Forest Service or BLM map which can be obtained along with a permit purchased at the Interagency Visitor Center at 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George. More information can also be obtained by calling (435) 688-3200 or by visiting the following website: https://www.d-asia.org/