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Fourth-graders get free Christmas trees

Smokey Bear is giving away Christmas trees to fourth-graders this season as part of the U.S. Forest Service's national Every Kid in a Park initiative.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is offering free Christmas tree-cutting permits to fourth-graders through the initiative designed to encourage kids and their families to visit national parks, forests and public lands free of charge for a full year.

To get a free permit, kids must print out a paper voucher from the Every Kid in a Park website at www.everykidinapark.gov, or bring the same plastic Every Kid in a Park pass that gets them into parks and fee areas for free this year.

Then go to any forest service office to get the free permit.

Information about office hours can be found at http://bit.ly/2gbvcfN, and information about the Christmas tree permit program is located online at http://bit.ly/2fGAUmH.