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New Mexico Land Office offers online Christmas tree permits

Added 12-01-20 01:03:02am EST - “The State Land Office is joining other land management agencies in New Mexico in offering online Christmas tree cutting permits.” - Washingtontimes.com

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The State Land Office is joining other land management agencies in New Mexico in offering online Christmas tree cutting permits.

The Land Office said Monday it also is allowing people to get permits to gather sand for filling luminarias, which are traditional holiday decorations in which candles are placed inside paper bags weighted with sand.

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Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard said her office is pleased to offer the low-cost permits as New Mexicans honor two long-held holiday traditions. Like other activities on state trust land, the tree cutting and sand gathering fees help support public schools.

There are seven areas around the state being made available for sand gathering. With a permit, up to 20 gallons (75.7 liters) of sand can be collected. State officials say that’s enough to fill about 100 luminaria bags.

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