We did some product sampling back in 1986 when we tried the piñon pine in the Coconino National Forest.
We’ve been hooked ever since.
Not unlike marketers who would encourage consumers to try a new product, the U.S. Forest Service has an annual opportunity to introduce the public to the national forests through its Christmas tree program. Five of the six national forests in Arizona, Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto, are open for Christmas tree hunting this year with a total of 9,500 permits available.
Permits are available for $15 at Big Five Sporting Goods stores.
It is the forest, where inclement weather, poor road conditions and rugged terrain are to be expected. But a great experience of cutting down your own Christmas tree, complete with good signage directing you to the proper area, a picnic lunch and family and friends can lead to a tremendous annual “outdoor shopping experience.” It certainly has for us.
Oh, and one other thing to keep in mind, “God does not grow trees as perfect as Tim Mitchell does.”