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Arizona Christmas tree permits to be released soon

PHOENIX -- Christmas tree-cutting permits will be available by mid-November for five of Arizona's six national forests.

The Forest Service is once again teaming up with Big Five Sporting Goods Stores statewide to release about 10,000 permits to the public.

"It's an exciting and fun thing to do with your family," said Jackie Banks with the Kaibab National Forest. "A great experience that your kids will always remember."

The permits cost $15 and come with a map of areas where trees can be cut down. The forests taking part are the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto.

"There are specifics areas where you can cut," Banks said. "They take the permit along with them and put the tag on the tree. We also have signs in the woods for the designated Christmas tree areas."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

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