X-mas tree permits on sale Monday

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By Special to the Monitor

Santa Fe National Forest offices and various vendors in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Pecos and Las Vegas will begin selling personal-use Christmas tree permits for $10 beginning Monday, through Dec. 24. 

Permit holders may also cut their tree(s) on Monday. If you plan to cut your tree on Thanksgiving Day, purchase your permit ahead of time because all Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. 

Permits can be purchased at the following locations.

• Los Alamos Historic Society and Gift Shop, 1921 Juniper, 662-4493;

• REI, 500 Market Street, Santa Fe, 982-3557

• Pecos Canyon Station, 144 N. Main St., Pecos, 757-2697

The Santa Fe National Forest also provided the following guidelines for cutting a tree.

1. You must tag your tree before you cut it. Strip off the paper backing and fold the permit securely over onto itself around one of the trees lower branches. Load your tree so that the permit is easily visible to Forest officials checking for permits.