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Free Christmas Tree permit on a national forest to all 4th Graders!

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful…but the Forest Service’s new initiative is so delightful!

This year the Forest Service is offering one free Christmas Tree permit to fourth graders who would like to cut a Christmas tree on a national forest. In order to get their free permit, the fourth grader must be accompanied by an adult and present an Interagency Fourth Grade Pass or valid voucher at the Forest Service district office in the area in which they would like to cut a tree.

The fee waiver is part of the White House’s Every Kid in a Park campaign. To get their free Interagency Fourth Grade Pass, fourth graders must log on to and follow the instructions.  The paper voucher is also good during the school year for free visits to national parks, national wildlife refuges and other federal public lands that typically require a fee.

To view Christmas tree cutting areas in the Rocky Mountain Region, visit their Regional Christmas Tree Cutting Program website.

This year’s regional primary Christmas tree cutting dates will be December 3-11, 2016. In order to provide some consistency for the region, primary Christmas tree cutting dates are set which means that all tree cutting areas in our region must be open between those dates. However, some areas allow cutting as early as Thanksgiving and some allow cutting until the end of the year.

Christmas tree cutting permits are generally available from most USForest Service offices throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. Call the office of the closest Ranger District to the area you want to cut in to verify that they are offering Christmas tree cutting permits or 303-239-3838 for more information.

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