A Christmas tree for $10, if you can do the work

Salt Lake City residents can purchase permits from the BLM starting Nov. 9 to cut down their own tree for the holidays.

(Hannah Lenkowski | BLM Public Affairs) Individuals try to decide what tree to take home for the holidays in the West Desert. Permits to cut down your own tree are available at Bureau of Land Management offices throughout Utah.

Halloween has come and gone, which, for many, means only one thing: Christmas is just around the corner.

Utahns can cut down their very own pinyon pines, white firs and junipers on public lands with a permit from the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM reported that over 6,000 trees were harvested in Utah last year.

Non-commercial tree-cutting permits cost $10. The St. George Field Office opened Christmas tree-cutting permit sales on Nov. 1.

With the exception of the Price Field Office, which will start offering permits on Nov. 24, all other BLM field offices in Utah will begin permit sales on Nov. 9.

You can find your local BLM field office using this map. Each district has specific regulations for which trees can be cut, fees and the number of permits given out. The BLM advises securing a permit early.

Salt Lake City residents should get tree-cutting permits from the Salt Lake Field Office. They can be purchased online at this link.

Those who obtain a permit to cut down their own tree should remain on designated roads. Since some roads are impassable in snow, the BLM advises cutting sooner rather than later.

Find more safety and tree-cutting tips from the BLM at this link.