Flagstaff AZ (October 30, 2019) – People wanting to collect live trees, known as wildings, from the Coconino National Forest may purchase wilding permits starting today through Nov. 30. There are typically two wildings permit seasons—one in the fall and another in the spring, with each season lasting for approximately one month while the plants are dormant.
Permits are available for evergreen trees across the Flagstaff and Mogollon Rim ranger districts, which includes Douglas fir, white fir, Ponderosa pine, pinyon pine, and juniper. Oak is available, but only on the Flagstaff Ranger District. Due to the severe decline of aspen stands across the forest and lack of natural regeneration, aspen seedlings will not be offered this season.
Trees up to 4 feet tall for evergreen (and 6 feet tall for Oak on the Flagstaff Ranger District) may be collected. However, for the best chance of successful transplanting, foresters recommend that selected seedlings be much smaller in size—less than 4 feet. The permit fee is $1 per foot, with a minimum of $20 per permit. A Wildings Program Map will be provided with each permit purchased (except for the Mogollon Rim Ranger District wildings, as they are available district wide).
Permits are available for purchase at the following locations:
- Coconino NF Supervisor’s Office, 1824 S. Thompson St., Flagstaff; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Flagstaff Ranger Station, 5057 N. Highway 89, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Mogollon Rim Ranger Station, 8738 Ranger Road, Happy Jack; 7:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.