Flagstaff, AZ (October 26, 2011) – The fall season for collecting live trees, known as “wildings,” from National Forest lands begins Friday, October 28 and ends November 28 on the Flagstaff District of the Coconino National Forest.
There are typically two wildings permit seasons – one in the spring and another in the fall, for approximately one month while plants are dormant. Permits will be available for coniferous trees only (Douglas Fir, White Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Pinyon Pine, and Juniper). Due to the severe decline of Aspen stands across the forest and lack of natural regeneration, Aspen seedlings will not be offered.
Trees up to 12 feet tall may be collected; however for the best chance of successful transplanting, foresters recommend that selected seedlings be much smaller in size – less than four feet. The fee is $1.00 per foot, with a minimum fee of $20.00 per permit. Maps of designated gathering locations, along with transplanting recommendations, are provided with the permit.
Wilding permits will be issued beginning Friday, October 28 until Friday, November 25, and are valid for plant collection through Monday, May 28. Permits can be obtained from the Flagstaff Ranger District office, 5075 N. Highway 89 and Forest Supervisor’s Office, 1824 S. Thompson St. in Flagstaff.
For additional information, contact the Flagstaff Ranger District at 928-526-0866