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There’s still some time before Christmas and, if you live in northeast Minnesota, you might consider harvesting your holiday tree from the Superior National Forest. A five-dollar permit allows a household to cut two trees on Forest Service lands. Spokeswoman Kris Reichenbach says, “The real value is that families are together, they’re in the outdoors, they’re unplugged… and it’s combined with the holidays, which is something that just kind of naturally brings families together.” She says a 20-dollar permit will allow a family to also harvest enough boughs for about five door-size wreaths.
Reichenbach says fourth-graders can get a free Christmas tree harvesting permit for their families by completing some on-line activities. “The idea is that maybe the children will lead us,” she says, “that if we get the fourth-graders kind of fired up, then they’ll encourage their families and their friends to get out too.” For details, visit everykidinapark.gov).