Free cedar Christmas tree permits and information including maps and cutting guidelines will be available Nov. 26-Dec. 24 on the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area website: www.landbetweenthelakes.us/reservations. Permits can only be obtained online.
A permit entitles a family to cut one cedar tree between Nov. 26 and Dec. 24. Cedar trees may be cut anywhere in Land Between the Lakes except:
Within sight of U.S. Highway 68/Ky. Route 80, Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, Cemeteries, Nature Watch Areas, Campgrounds, Facilities, including the Elk & Bison Prairie, and Other mowed areas.
“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 Yvonne Antes, silviculturist at Land Between the Lakes. “The cedar tree program also helps Land Between the Lakes maintain open lands and promote diverse wildlife habitat.”
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 on the reservations page.