RUTLAND, Vt. – 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. This year, all fourth graders can take advantage of the Every Kid in a Park Initiative and get a free Christmas tree voucher found here: www.everykidinapark.gov. Fourth graders that present a printed copy of the voucher may redeem it for an EKIP Pass and a Christmas tree removal permit at one of the U.S. Forest offices listed below. This is a one-time opportunity to cut down a Christmas tree on national forest land during the 2016 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 ($5.00) 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.
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
The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.