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  • Take a Family Christmas "Chopping" Trip in Utah’s Dixie National Forest
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    Published - 11/08/13 - 12:17 PM | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Christmas tree in the forest
    Christmas tree in the forest
    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) – Unplug the children and take the family chopping. This year, take a walk in the woods and go chopping. Yes, that’s right; take your family chopping for a Christmas tree. Start a new tradition of cutting the family Christmas tree together in southern Utah’s Dixie National Forest.

    Trees up to ten feet can be purchased for $10 or $20 for trees above ten feet. According to Joe Harris, Public Affairs Officer for Dixie National Forest, “Receipts from this special forest program go back into a local fund that directly benefits recreation users on the Dixie National Forest”.

    Permits are available at all Dixie National Forest Offices (St. George, Cedar City, Panguitch, and Escalante) and through partner vendors: Ace Hardware – Cedar City; Boulder Exchange – Boulder; Clarke’s Market – Tropic; Antimony Merc – Antimony; and Cottam’s Canyon Country – Escalante.

    Special regulations dictate what types of trees can be cut in different areas of the forest. “For instance”, Harris adds, “on Cedar Mountain it is legal to cut white fir, subalpine fir, pinion, and juniper. On the Powell and Escalante Ranger Districts, all tree species except bristlecone pine can be taken”.

    While taking on the quest for the perfect tree Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau offers a few more suggestions for maximizing a trip into the woods and suggestions for enjoying the winter season. “Taking in winter views and vistas at every turn is a natural benefit, yet there are various winter activities to take advantage of in the Dixie National Forest. Popular activities include: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and guided snowmobile excursions at the higher elevations,” Bonnie Char Hallman, Public Relations Specialist for Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau advises.

    For suggestions on where to cut a tree, visit your local Forest Service office or call (435) 865-3700. For more activity ideas, gear rental, lodging deals, more on area attractions and trip planning information visit: www.ScenicSouthernUtah.com. For an A-Z Guide for winter activities and attractions stop in at the Iron County Visitor Center (581 North Main Street, Cedar City).

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