CEDAR CITY – This year why not cut your family’s Christmas Tree on the Dixie National Forest?
“Cutting down your own Christmas Tree can be a great family tradition,” said Rob MacWhorter, Dixie National Forest Supervisor. “For a small permit cost of $10-20, you can have a great outing with your family in the forest.”
Trees can be purchased for $10 (up to 10 feet) or $20 (over 10 feet) at all Dixie National Forest Offices (St. George, Cedar City, Panguitch, and Escalante) and through partner vendors (Ace Hardware – Cedar City, Boulder Exchange – Boulder, Clarke’s Market – Tropic, Antimony Merc – Antimony, and Cottam’s Canyon Country – Escalante). Receipts from this special forest program go into back into a local fund that directly benefits recreation users on the Dixie National Forest.
Special regulations dictate what types of trees can be cut in different areas of the forest. For instance, on Cedar Mountain it is legal to cut white fir, subalpine fir, pinion, and juniper. On the Powell and Escalante Ranger Districts, all tree species except bristlecone pine can be taken.
Tags, which come with the permit, should be attached to the tree when it is cut. Stumps left after cutting should be no higher than six inches and all branches below the six inches should be lopped off.
Due to the early wet weather, please do not drive on roads that are wet to limit damage to the forest road system. If you need suggestions on where to cut your tree call or visit your local Forest Service office.
For more information, contact the Dixie National Forest at (435) 865-3700.
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