The Lincoln National Forest in southern New Mexico is now selling Christmas tree permits.
Forest officials say the sales began Friday at the forest supervisor's office in Alamogordo and district ranger offices in Ruidoso, Cloudcroft and Carlsbad. Purchasers can buy one $5 permit per household.
A limited number of permits are available and are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
With a permit, a tree may be cut from most areas within the Lincoln National Forest. Wilderness areas or those that have been designated as closed are off-limits to tree cutting.
Officials say the last day to cut a tree is Dec. 24.
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