For folks willing to go into the woods for a tree this Christmas, it's open season.
Permits for harvesting Christmas trees on the Carson National Forest are available through Dec. 22. Each permits is $5 for any species up to 10 feet tall, $10 for trees over 10 feet, and $15 dollars for trees up to 20 feet. Trees can either be cut or dug up, and people can purchase up to three permits each.
Permits are on sale at the main Carson office in Taos or at ranger stations. The Camino Real office in Peñasco will be open Friday (Nov. 24) and Saturdays between Dec. 2-16. The public should call individual offices to confirm operating hours.
Harvesting Christmas trees is not allowed within 100 feet of a trail, river, road or campground.