Forest Service offices will close for upcoming federal holidays
December 21, 2017 — The holiday season is in full swing, and the Tonto National Forest still has a few Christmas tree permits available. The last day to purchase a permit is Friday, Dec. 22. The deadline for cutting a tree is midnight on Dec.24. Permits can be purchased at the Tonto Supervisor’s Office at 2324 E. McDowell, or the Cave Creek Ranger District Office at 40,202 N. Cave Creek Road. Permits can be purchased during business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through Friday.
Fourth-graders with an Every Kid in a Park pass are entitled to a free Christmas tree permit. The child with their pass or voucher, and a parent/guardian will need to come in person to the district office to get the permit.
Detailed information about the Christmas tree cutting program is available on the Tonto National Forest web site at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/passes-permits/forestproducts/?cid=fseprd523531.
In observance of upcoming federal holidays, all Forest Service offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday and Monday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday. All offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, and Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.
Aimee Staten has worn several hats over the last few years, but she recently put on one of her more familiar caps after four years of working in nonprofits: That of a journalist. She has 14 years of experience in the news business as a reporter with eight of those years as the managing editor of the Eastern Arizona Courier.