Lincoln National Forest Selling Christmas Tree Permits


ALAMOGORDO, NM – October 31, 2012 – The Lincoln National Forest will begin selling 2012 Christmas tree permits starting Thursday, November 1st, for anyone wishing to cut their own tree this Holiday season. Permits are $5 each, with a limit of one per household. Permits may be purchased from the following Lincoln National Forest offices:

Supervisor’s Office; 3463 Las Palomas Rd.; Alamogordo, NM 88310   575-434-7200

Smokey Bear District; 901 Mechem Dr.; Ruidoso, NM 88345   575-257-4095

Sacramento District; 4 Lost Lodge Rd (physical address); PO Box 288 (mailing address); Cloudcroft, NM  88317   575-682-2551

Guadalupe District; 114 S. Halagueno St.; Carlsbad, NM 88220   575-885-4181

 Permits will be sold during regular business hours, and in an effort to better serve our customers, the Supervisor’s Office, Smokey Bear Ranger District and Sacramento District offices will be open from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm on November 17th, 24th, and December 1st, 8th, and 15th.

An online form is also available for those who wish to mail in their permit, visit to download the form and obtain more details about cutting Christmas trees. Mail-in applications must be received no later than December 14, 2012.

Once you have obtained a permit, trees may be cut anywhere within the Lincoln National Forest, only on US Forest Service Lands, and not within a wilderness area. When submitting your application, please identify the area from which you are interested in harvesting your tree. If you are uncertain about the kind of trees in the area, please view our guide, “Common Tree Types” to help you with your choice. The guide is available on the website listed above. Please practice good stewardship – make sure that your Christmas tree is harvested from US Forest Service lands as shown in the map that accompanies the permit. The permit allows cutting/harvesting only on US Forest Service lands.

For more information please contact the Lincoln National Forest at 575-343-7200, or visit Follow us on Twitter at

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