Christmas tree permits are on sale for $5 each at all Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest ranger stations, including the Methow Valley Ranger District Office in Winthrop.

Permits are temporarily available only by cash purchase because of a delay in an update to the Point-of-Sale cash register system used at each national forest office, the U.S. Forest Service said. The system is expected to be updated within a week or so, enabling customers to use cash, personal checks, and credit and debit card transactions for Christmas tree permit purchases.

Each permit allows a family to cut one tree, with a tree height limit of 15 feet, or dig a small live transplant tree. The permits are non-refundable and are only good on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Christmas trees cannot be harvested in wilderness areas, campgrounds, developed recreation areas, or tree plantations.

For more information, call 996-4000.