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Christmas tree permits available online

Courtesy photo Permits to cut Christmas in the Hiawatha National Forest are now available online.

GLADSTONE — Christmas tree permits in the Hiawatha National Forest are available to purchase online through Recreation.gov for the upcoming holiday season. Purchase information and details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut can be found at https://www.recreation.gov/tree-permits/hiawatha.

“For generations, families have created lasting memories on the Hiawatha National Forest,” said Cid Morgan, forest supervisor, Hiawatha National Forest. “This tradition continues to grow in popularity. For families seeking new traditions, the joy of hiking through the Forest in search of the perfect holiday centerpiece can be a thrilling experience.”

The Forest Service decided to move permit sales to Recreation.gov as an added convenience for visitors, as well as provide an alternative to visiting offices which many have moved to virtual operations. Online purchase of your seasonal Christmas tree permit is highly encouraged and can be a great way to easily get your permit at your own convenience and plan your family’s day outside. For those unable to purchase online, call your local district office ahead of time to arrange permit purchase.

To purchase a Christmas tree permit, either setup or login to a Recreation.gov account. Next, visit Hiawatha National Forest Christmas Tree Permits. It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Select the type and number of Christmas tree permits desired. Three permits maximum per family. If a family member has the “Every Kid in a Park” pass, enter the voucher or pass number in the appropriate box. This will apply a discount for one free tree. Once the transaction is complete, you can download/print the permit. Downloadable/printable cutting area maps for both the east and west zone of the Hiawatha National Forest are also available for your convenience.

Cutting a Christmas tree improves forest health by helping to thin densely populated stands of small-diameter trees, allowing for more room for larger trees in the area and providing wildlife openings.

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