Find out how to get a Christmas Tree Permit for your 4th grader for free, whether they’re in public, private, or homeschool!
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Free: Christmas Tree Permits for 4th Graders
Pictures are from our tree cutting trip this year.
One of our favorite Christmas traditions is going up into the mountains to cut down a Christmas tree. It’s such fun, and we always end up with unique trees. In my area, that typically doesn’t mean a gorgeous, full evergreen, but rather a kind of scrawny tree that looks like it could be the sibling of Charlie Brown’s tree.
I recently found out that the Every Kid Outdoors program (see the linked post for more information) also includes a free Christmas tree cutting permit! So your 4th grader (whether in public, private or homeschool) can experience this same fun tradition!
How does my child get their free Christmas tree permit?
Once you’ve gotten your Every Kid Outdoors pass printed out, head to your local US Forest Service (map of Forest Service) or Bureau of Land Management office (map of BLM) to get your Christmas tree permit. Simply present the Every Kid Outdoors pass, and they’ll walk you through the steps to getting a Christmas tree permit.
In my area, the Forest Service and BLM actually share an office. So we were able to go in, take a look at the maps to see where we wanted to cut our tree, and pick a permit from the corresponding office.
You may even be lucky enough to have an office that will exchange your child’s printed version of their Every Kid Outdoors pass for a plastic version, which is far more durable.
Once you’ve got your permit, make sure to follow the rules of the agency you’re working with. Trees must be tagged, and please make sure to stay within the mapped boundaries. We don’t want to ruin the opportunity for others by cutting trees on private land, or in areas that are protected.
Make sure that you measure the area you’re planning to put your tree. Out in the forest, even large trees can start to look small. The first year we went, we picked out what looked like a small tree and felled it.
We quickly realized that the tree was far bigger than we had thought, so we had to take off probably 5 feet to get it on our truck. Once home, we had to take off more, as we realized that despite having 16 foot vaulted ceiling, the tree couldn’t go right up again the wall. Lesson learned.
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