$5 Christmas trees available on Green Mountain National Forest land

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RUTLAND – U.S. Forest Service officials are encouraging the public to purchase Christmas tree removal permits.

This year, all fourth graders can again take advantage of Every Kid Outdoors initiative and get a free Christmas tree voucher from their website.

The voucher may be redeemed for an Every Kid Outdoors Pass and a Christmas tree removal permit at one of the U.S. Forest offices.

This is a one-time opportunity to cut down a Christmas tree on the Green Mountain National Forest during the 2019 holiday season, for the price of five dollars.

Christmas trees for personal are subject to certain conditions.

A “Christmas Tree Removal” permit must be purchased at one of the Forest Service offices located in Rutland, Manchester Center, or Rochester.

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.

U.S. FOREST SERVICE OFFICES IN VERMONT:

Rutland — Forest Supervisor’s Office — 231 North Main Street, Rutland, VT — 802-747-6700

Manchester Ranger Station — 2538 Depot Street, Manchester Center, VT — 802-362-2307

Rochester Ranger Station — 99 Ranger Road, Rochester, VT — 802-767-4261