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The Lincoln National Forest is selling Christmas tree permits for $5 each.

Only one permit is allowed per household. A limited number of permits will be available to be sold on a first come, first served basis. An individual may purchase up to four permits for four separate households. The last day to purchase a permit is Dec. 24 while offices are open and permits are available.

Lincoln National Forest offices will be selling permits during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. District offices are open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the supervisor’s office in Alamogordo is open until 4:30 p.m. As an added convenience, all four Lincoln National Forest offices will also be open from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturdays (Nov. 21 and 28, and Dec. 5, 12 and 19).

Office locations and phone numbers include:
• Supervisor’s Office; 3463 Las Palomas Road; Alamogordo; 575-434-7200
• Smokey Bear District; 901 Mechem Drive; Ruidoso; 575-257-4095
• Sacramento District; 4 Lost Lodge Road; Cloudcroft; 575-682-2551
• Guadalupe District; 5203 Buena Vista Drive; Carlsbad; 575-885-4181

With a permit, a tree may be cut from most areas within the Lincoln National Forest, except from a “wilderness” or designated “closed” area. When purchasing a permit and filling out the application, buyers will be asked to identify the area from which they plan to harvest the tree.

To learn more about the types of trees in the area, view the “Common Tree Types” guide available online at www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln.

Lincoln National Forest asks Christmas tree hunters to be good stewards and make sure their Christmas trees are harvested only from U.S. Forest Service lands, as shown on the map that accompanies the permit. Remember – the last day to cut a tree is Dec. 25.

For more information, contact the Lincoln National Forest at 575-434-7200 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln.