As of Tuesday, November 17, 2015
WENATCHEE The U.S. Forest Service is offering all fourth graders the opportunity to obtain a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid in a Park initiative.
Christmas tree permits are available at all Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest ranger district offices and headquarters office during regular business hours.
Most of these offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the exception of the Cle Elum Ranger Station which closes at 4 p.m. Permits are also available for sale for $5 each to the general public, with a limit of two permits per family; permits are not refundable.
The Christmas tree permit allows the removal of one tree less than 15 feet tall from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
The tree may be cut, or dug up and removed as a transplant. Those removing trees are asked to fill in the hole created when digging up a live tree. If cutting the tree, the Forest Service also asks the public to remove the entire tree, not just the top, and leave no more than a 6-inch stump.
In order for students to receive a free tree permit they must present a valid paper voucher printed from www.everykidinapark.gov.
When at a trailhead requiring a fee, the Every Kid in a Park pass or the Northwest Forest Pass will need to be displayed on the vehicle dashboard. Do not park at a Sno-Park unless a valid Washington State Sno-Park permit is displayed in the vehicle.
Remember to punch out the month, day, and year on the Christmas tree permit tag once the tree has been cut and attach the tag where it is clearly visible on the tree. It should be attached before the tree is loaded on the vehicle. Tags may not be re-used.
The Every Kid in a Park initiative is a national effort to encourage children to visit national parks, forests and public lands.
As part of the initiative, all fourth graders in the country can obtain a paper pass for free entry into all federal lands and waters by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website.