Here’s how you can chop down your own Christmas tree in AZ

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(Source: U.S. Forest Service Coconino National Forest) (Source: U.S. Forest Service Coconino National Forest)
(Source: U.S. Forest Service Coconino National Forest) (Source: U.S. Forest Service Coconino National Forest)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Coconino National Forest is selling a limited number of Christmas tree permits beginning Nov. 17. The cuttings can be made on Nov. 18 in a specific area of the Mogollon Rim Ranger District until Christmas Eve.

The chopping permit allows the holder to cut a fir or ponderosa pine tree that is taller than 10 feet. The trees available for chopping are within a designated area on the Mogollon Rim, which is about one hour’s drive south of Flagstaff.

Buyers of the permit will be given a map that shows the exact location and directions to the cutting area, which is just off Highway 87, with Forest Roads 616 and 149 as boundary markers.

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Only 600 total permits will be available at $15 each. The permits will be issued one per household, and are first-come, first-served until they are sold out. They will only be sold over-the-counter and divided up for sale at three different locations. 

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In 2016, all permits sold out within the first week, so those who are interested are encouraged to buy permits as soon as possible. Reserving Christmas tree chopping permits is not allowed.

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As part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, every fourth grader is eligible to receive a free Christmas tree permit - while supplies last - and upon presenting a valid fourth-grade pass or paper voucher from the initiative’s website.

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Every Kid in a Park is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of conservationists. For additional information about the initiative and how to obtain a pass, visit www.everykidinapark.gov. To be eligible for a free Christmas tree permit from the Coconino National Forest, all fourth graders must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and present their fourth-grade pass or paper voucher.

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