A Christmas tree in your home harvested by you is available through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. If you have a 4th grader in your house, an even better deal is possible.
The national forest is offering permits for the public to cut their own tree from the forest for $5, with a limit of five trees per household.
Chequamegon-Nicolet spokesperson Hilary Markin says a program is designed to get the nation's next generation of outdoor stewards into the woods...
"....if you have a 4th grader in your house, they're eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through a program called "Every Kid in a Park". They can check out our website for more information on that. They can bring in their 'Every Kid in a Park" pass and then bring that in for a free Christmas tree permit...."
Markin was asked, why fourth graders?
"....4th graders are the new leaders of our country. This whole program is centered around getting out with their families out into national forests, national parks. The permit is not only good for a free Christmas tree permits, it's also good for entrance fees out in our public lands....."
The national forest also issues permits for other forest products including balsam boughs, firewood, birch bark and other items.
More information on that is available at the nearest District Ranger office. More information on the programs is available by searching on the web for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.