EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The Lincoln National Forest will sell Christmas tree permits online at Recreation.gov, starting Nov. 16 through Dec. 24. This is the first time that the forest has offered online permits.
A Christmas tree this year will run $10.00 plus a service charge through the website. Christmas tree permits can also be purchased by calling the Lincoln National Forest, by mail or in person at an office.
“For many families, venturing into a National Forest to cut their Christmas tree is a tradition carried on for generations,” said Forest Supervisor Travis Moseley. “For families creating new traditions, a trip to their local forest to cut their own Christmas tree may be a thrilling experience as they discover the joy of hiking through the forest in search of the perfect holiday centerpiece.”
The Forest Service decided to move permit sales to Recreation.gov as an added convenience for visitors, as well as provide a non-contact alternative during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To purchase a Christmas Tree permit, visit Recreation.gov and search for Lincoln National Forest Christmas Tree Permit. Online customers should print their permit and place it on their vehicle dashboard. Visitors will need to set up or login to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction.
Tree cutting is prohibited on private land, in wilderness areas, within 300 feet of a designated campground or trail, within 100 feet of a paved road or in areas that have been planted with new trees.
More information can be found on the Lincoln National Forest website at fs.usda.gov/lincoln.