$5 Christmas trees available on national forest land

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RUTLAND — U.S. Forest Service officials in Vermont are encouraging the public to purchase Christmas tree removal permits should they be interested in a $5 tree for the holidays.

In addition, this year, all fourth-graders can again take advantage of the Every Kid Outdoors initiative and get a free Christmas tree voucher found here: https://everykidoutdoors.gov. Fourth-graders that present a printed copy of the voucher may redeem it for an Every Kid Outdoors Pass and a Christmas tree removal permit at one of the U.S. Forest offices listed below.

"The price is right," said Ethan M. Ready, a National Forest Service public affairs officer. "The tree is five dollars, but the experience is priceless."

This is a one-time opportunity to cut down a Christmas tree on national forest land during the 2019 holiday season. Christmas trees for personal use may be cut on the Green Mountain National Forest, subject to the following conditions:- A Christmas Tree Removal permit must be purchased ($5) at one of the Forest Service offices located in Rutland, Manchester Center or Rochester.

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- The permit must be attached to the tree before transporting it from the site where it was cut.

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- The permit holder is responsible for knowing that the tree comes from Forest Service land. Maps are available when you purchase your permit.

- Trees over 20 feet tall are not designated for cutting by the Christmas tree permit.

- The height of the tree stump left after a tree has been cut should be 6 inches or less above the soil.

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- Christmas trees shall not be cut in active timber sales, wilderness areas, campgrounds, picnic areas, or within 25 feet of any Forest Service, town, or state maintained road.

- Only one Christmas tree permit will be issued per household per year.

- Permits are not refundable.


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