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Fourth graders can get permits free through the Every Kid Outdoors initiative

PMG FILE PHOTO - Fourth graders get a free permit through the Every Kid Outdoors initiative.

The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests are selling permits to cut Christmas trees from local national forest lands.

The public can now purchase Christmas tree permits at Forest Service offices, online and from local vendors around Central Oregon for use on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests.

Christmas tree permits for the 2022 season will be available for purchase online (a $2.50 reservation fee will be applied). Christmas tree permits purchased online must be printed to be valid.

Traditional Christmas tree permits will be available at Forest Service offices and several participating local vendors. Individual Christmas tree permits are $5 each and households can purchase a maximum of five permits.PIONEER FILE PHOTO - Christmas tree permits are available at the the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce on Fourth St. in Madras.

Fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit as a part of the Every Kid Outdoors initiative, which is a national program to encourage children to visit national parks, forests and public lands. To be eligible for the free tree permit, the student must have an Every Kid Outdoors pass. Information about getting the Every Kid Outdoors pass.Students using the Every Kid Outdoors voucher can obtain their free Christmas tree permit by visiting a Forest Service office or on The student should check the box indicating they have a pass and enter the pass or voucher number (a $2.50 reservation fee will be applied). To learn more click here. For more information regarding Christmas tree permits, please visit the Deschutes National Forest website or the Ochoco National Forest website.

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