Know Your ABCs, Get a FREE Christmas Tree!
O Tannenbaum, it’s a good time of year to know a 4th grader? Yes, it’s true that through the Every Kid in a Park initiative the Forest Service is offering one free Holiday Tree permit to fourth-graders that have a valid 4th Grade Interagency Pass. These free Holiday Tree permits are only available at U.S. Forest Service District offices. Instructions on how to obtain a pass or voucher and collect a free tree permit:
In order for students to receive a free tree permit, they must present a valid paper voucher printed from the Every Kid in a Park website.
- Visit the website and follow the instructions on the website to obtain the paper voucher.
- Print out the paper voucher.
- Bring paper voucher with you to a permit sale location (district office or the supervisor’s office) on the White River National Forest to claim the free permit. 4th grader must be present.
View office locations. Mail-order form is not an option for this program. The 4th grader and family must present the voucher in person at an office location. Only one free tree permit is allowed per fourth-grader.
Background on Every Kid in a Park Initiative
Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces. At the same time, kids are spending more hours than ever in front of screens instead of outside. The Every Kid in a Park initiative encourages valuable opportunities to explore, learn, and play in the spectacular places that belong to us all and aims to inspire stewardship of these places for future generations.
Christmas Tree Permits For The Rest of You!
Of course, if you’re not a fourth-grader, you can still get a permit for a tree. You just have to pay for it! Here is the official information:
The U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest – Leadville Ranger District will sell Christmas tree cutting permits from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24. The permits are $10 each with a limit of two per family. Permits can be purchased at the Leadville Ranger District, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with credit card, cash, personal check, or money order made payable to the U.S. Forest Service. Permits will also be available at the Buena Vista Christmas Opening event at the Community Center, Saturday, Dec. 7 (cash or check only).
To receive permits by mail, send a check or money order payable to the U.S. Forest Service along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: U.S. Forest Service Attn: Christmas Tree Permit, 810 Front St., Leadville, CO 80461.
Trees may be cut District-wide with a few exceptions. Developed recreation sites and Wilderness areas are closed to cutting. Permits will be issued for each tree that is harvested and should be securely fastened to the tree before transporting them from the area. Handsaws and axes are the only tools allowed – chainsaws are prohibited.
Remember to wear warm clothes and bring a rope to secure the tree to the vehicle. Also keep in mind that U.S. Forest Service roads are not plowed and some roads close seasonally on Dec. 1. Please call the Leadville District Office at 719-486-0749 or, visit the website for additional information.