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The Lincoln National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits Tuesday, Nov. 13, at a cost of $10 each.

A limited number of permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. An individual may purchase only one per household and up to four permits for four separate households. The last day to purchase a permit is Friday, Dec. 21.

Lincoln National Forest offices will be selling permits during regular business hours, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. As an added convenience, all four Lincoln National Forest offices will also be open from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 15.

Offices are located in:

• Carlsbad: 5203 Buena Vista Drive
• Cloudcroft: 4 Lost Lodge Road
• Ruidoso: 901 Mechem Drive
• Alamogordo: 3463 Las Palomas Road

With a permit, a tree may be cut in most areas within the Lincoln National Forest, except in a “wilderness” or designated “closed” area. A map and cutting guidelines will accompany the permit to ensure holders cut a tree only on National Forest System lands.

Additionally, all fourth-graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit, while supplies last, through the Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) initiative. Fourth-graders can visit any Forest Service office to receive a free fourth-grade pass. When they present the pass or paper voucher with any accompanying parent or guardian, they can receive a free Christmas tree permit. To learn more about the EKIP pass, visit www.everykidinapark.gov.

For more information contact any Lincoln National Forest office or visit www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln.

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