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Friday, November 30, 2018

Free Holiday Trees for 4th Grade Students

The U.S. Forest Service in Vermont is encouraging the families of 4th graders to apply for free Christmas tree removal permits to have a tree for the holidays.

Every Kid in A Park is a national initiative to give families of 4th graders free access the wonders of nature through free passes to National Parks. The Green Mountain Forest here in Vermont is a National Park. 

This year, as a one-time opportunity, families of EKIP-holding 4th graders can apply for a permit to cut down a tree in the Green Mountain Forest. You can read more about it here on the Vermont Journal, including all of the how-to details. 

From Vermont Journal: "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."

Permits must be obtained in person at  a Forest Service location. Families with the EKIP passes will have no fee, but even if you don't have 4th grader, you can obtain a permit to cut your own tree for just $5. Business hours at the Rochester Forest Service location are M-F 8-4:30pm., at 99 Ranger Road, Rochester, VT 05767. Call 802-767-4261 for more information. 

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