Christmas is on its way and tree cutting permits are on sale now at two of the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands (NNFG) District Offices: the Pine Ridge in Chadron and Bessey Ranger District in Halsey.
The Forest Service is also the official featured agency to celebrate the White House’s “Every Kid in a Park” for November and December. As part of the celebration, free Christmas tree tags will be offered to fourth-graders who present a valid voucher or an interagency fourth-grade pass. Vouchers may be obtained at the Every Kid in a Park website: www.everykidinapark.gov/. To obtain the voucher, visit the website, click on the “Get your pass” button and follow the instructions. Print out the paper voucher and bring it with you. When fourth-graders come into the office for their free permits, they will also be issued a commemorative, hard plastic permit as a keepsake.
Regular permits are $10 and entitle the purchaser to harvest one ponderosa pine or Eastern red cedar, measuring up to 15 feet tall. Maps will be available with the permits to identify selected areas for tree harvest for each of the Ranger Districts.
Permits are available at the following locations:
Supervisor’s Office/Pine Ridge Ranger District, 125 N. Main Street in Chadron. For more information, call 308-432-0300
Bessey Ranger District, 40637 River Loop Road in Halsey. For more information, call 308-533-2257