- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Vermonters can get a Christmas tree for $5, if they want to harvest it themselves from national forest land.

U.S. Forest Service officials in Vermont say the $5 Christmas tree removal permit must be purchased from Forest Service offices in Rutland, Middlebury, Manchester Center, or Rochester. Maps of Forest Service land are available at those sites.

Fourth graders may also get a free Christmas tree voucher through the Every Kid in a Park Initiative online at https://www.nationalparks.org/ook/every-kid-in-a-park .

Christmas trees may not be cut in active timber sales, wilderness areas, campgrounds, picnic areas, or within 25 feet of any Forest Service town, or state maintained road.

Trees over 20 feet tall are off limits and the stump left after a tree has been cut should be six inches or less above ground.

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