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The Coconino National Forest is now offering permits for collecting live trees, known as wildings, from the forest. The wilding season runs until Nov. 27 and corresponds with the time that the plants are dormant.

Permits will be available for coniferous trees only (Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, pinyon pine, and juniper). Aspen seedlings will not be offered.

Trees up to 12 feet tall may be collected. However, for the best chance of successful transplanting, foresters recommend that selected seedlings be much smaller in size – less than four feet. The fee is $1 per foot, with a minimum fee of $20 per permit. Maps of designated gathering locations, along with transplanting recommendations, are provided with the permit.

Permits are available at:

  • Coconino National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Flagstaff; 928-527-3600; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Flagstaff Ranger Station, Flagstaff; 928-526-0866; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Christmas tree permits

The Kaibab National Forest will sell over-the-counter and through-the-mail Christmas tree tags on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Nov. 16 and continuing until they are sold out.

Permits are $15 permit and allow the cutting of one tree of a particular species that is not more than 10 feet in height within a designated area on the Kaibab National Forest. The tag is only good for a tree on the ranger district from which it was purchased and can’t be used to cut a tree on a different district unless specifically noted.

Permits are available at:

  • North Kaibab Ranger District (any species). Physical address: 430 S. Main St., Fredonia, AZ 86022; Mailing address: P.O. Box 248, Fredonia, AZ 86022 (928) 643-7395

  • Williams Ranger District (pinyon or juniper only).Physical and mailing address: 742 S. Clover Rd., Williams, AZ 86046 (928) 635-5600

  • Tusayan Ranger District (pinyon or juniper only). Physical address: 176 Lincoln Log Loop, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023; Mailing address: P.O. Box 3088, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (928) 638-2443

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Emery Cowan can be reached at (928) 556-2250 or ecowan@azdailysun.com

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Environment, Health and Science Reporter

Emery Cowan writes about science, health and the environment for the Arizona Daily Sun, covering everything from forest restoration to endangered species recovery efforts.

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