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Land Between The Lakes Offers Free Cedar Trees for Christmas

November 12, 2015 | Press Release from Land Between The Lakes

Free Christmas tree permits for Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will be available online at www.LandBetweenTheLakes.us/reservations/ November 27-December 24. Permits, maps, and cutting guidelines may be obtained online anytime. Members of the public may also obtain a permit in person at the Administrative Office, 8am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday, November 30 through December 23.

A permit entitles a family to cut one cedar tree between November 27 and December 24. Cedar trees may be cut anywhere in Land Between The Lakes except:

  • Within sight of US68/KY80
  • Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway
  • Cemeteries
  • Nature Watch Areas
  • Campgrounds
  • Other mowed areas

Trees must be cedar, less than 10 feet tall, and stumps must be less than 4 inches tall. Chain saws may be used. Use of trucks, winches, tractors, or other heavy equipment is prohibited. Cutting rules and regulations can be found at www.LandBetweenTheLakes.us/quick-links/print/ under Fact Sheets and Information.

"Taking the family out into the woods to look for the perfect Christmas tree is a great holiday tradition. Check along roadsides or within old forest openings to find your tree," suggested Forester, Dennis Wilson. "The cedar tree program also helps Land Between The Lakes maintain open lands and promote diverse wildlife habitat."

Whether families cut or purchase a tree, they should follow these safety guidelines for choosing and using a cut tree in their home this Christmas.

  • Choose a fresh tree. If needles fall off easily, the tree is dry and can easily catch on fire.
  • When setting up your tree, cut the base off two inches above the original cut to help the tree absorb more water.
  • Place the tree in a stable, tip-proof container and water it daily.
  • Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, wood stoves, or open flames.
  • Be sure decorative lights are UL approved and in good condition. Never leave tree lights on while asleep or away from home. LED lights are a great way to save energy.
  • Discard the tree when it begins to show signs of drying, such as brown or yellow coloration, or excessive needle dropping.

Cedar Christmas tree permits and regulations can be found at www.LandBetweenTheLakes.us/reservations/. Call 270-924-2065 for more information.

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support. 

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