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LBL Offers Free Cedar Christmas Trees

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY – Beginning December 2nd, free Christmas tree permits will be available at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area.

A permit entitles a family to cut one cedar tree between December 2nd and 24th. Permits, maps, and cutting guidelines may be obtained from the LBL Administrative Office, 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday, and at the Golden Pond Visitor Center, 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday. On December 24th, Christmas Eve, visitors need to obtain permits before noon.

“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 by maintaining open lands and promoting diverse wildlife habitat.”

Cedar trees may be cut anywhere in Land Between The Lakes except areas within sight of US68/KY80 or Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, cemeteries, the Nature Watch Areas, campgrounds, lawns, or other mowed areas.

Whether families cut or purchase a tree, they should follow these safety guidelines when using a cut tree in their home at Christmas.

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

Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Land Between The Lakes provides outdoor recreation, lake access, and environmental education for the public to enjoy.

Visitors are encouraged to review the official website at www.lbl.org often for Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and more, or call 800.LBL.7077 or 270.924.2000.

Follow LBL on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl or @LandBtwnLakes. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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