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Christmas Trees, $5 & Free For Fourth Graders

Sarah Ritz
Finding the perfect Christmas tree can be a tall order, but it helps to have an entire national forest from which to choose!

With Thanksgiving behind us, it's officially Christmas tree cutting season in Vermont. If you thought the $5 choose-and-cut tree was a thing of the past, then the Green Mountain National Forest has a surprise for you.

"U.S. Forest Service officials in Vermont are encouraging the public to purchase Christmas tree removal permits should they be interested in a five-dollar tree for the holidays," a Forest Service press release states. And, if there is a fourth grader in your family, they are eligible for a free Christmas tree voucher through this year's Every Kid in a Park Initiative.

The release goes on to state, "This is a one-time opportunity to cut down a Christmas tree on national forest land during the 2015 holiday season."

The U.S. Forest Service stipulates these conditions:

  • A “Christmas Tree Removal” permit must be purchased ($5.00) at one of the Forest Service offices located in Rutland, Middlebury, Manchester Center, or Rochester, Vermont.
  • The permit must be attached to the tree before transporting it from the site where it was cut.
  • 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 six inches or less above the soil.
  • 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.
  • Trees obtained under the Christmas tree permit may not be resold.

The Green Mountain National Forest covers about 400,000 acres in  Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor counties.

Amy is an award winning journalist who has worked in print and radio in Vermont since 1991. Her first job in professional radio was at WVMX in Stowe, where she worked as News Director and co-host of The Morning Show. She was a VPR contributor from 2006 to 2020.
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