Free 2017 Christmas Tree Permits Available to Every Kid in a Park Pass Holders

Release Date: Dec 5, 2017   Ironwood, MI

Contact(s): Lisa Klaus


IRONWOOD, Mich. (December 5, 2017) –  For the third year, the Ottawa National Forest will issue a free holiday tree permit for fourth graders with a 2017-2018 Every Kid in a Park pass.

The Every Kid in a Park program is part of an interagency call to action to build the next generation of conservationists.

All fourth graders are eligible to receive an Every Kid in the Park pass that allows free access to 2,000-plus federally managed lands and water sites across the country for one full year. Instructions on how fourth graders can obtain an Every Kid in the Park pass or voucher is available at Additionally, the Ottawa National Forest offers a free holiday tree permit as part of the U.S. Forest Service’s Every Kid in a Park program.

Anyone who would like to obtain a holiday tree permit for the Ottawa National Forest should stop by their local Ottawa National Forest office or the Ottawa Visitor Center before they head out.  Permits are $5 each, or free with fourth grade Every Kid in a Park pass.  To obtain a free tree permit from the Ottawa National Forest, the fourth grader must be present and show a valid paper voucher or durable pass obtained from the website or participating federal agency.

The Forest Service Every Kid in a Park program emphasizes recreation and conservation on national forests, grasslands and tallgrass or prairie. Every Kid in a Park is a federal interagency effort that includes the Forest Service and six other federal agencies: U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Fuelwood permits, bough permits, holiday tree permits, interagency passes and the Every Kid in a Park pass are available at Ottawa National Forest offices and the Ottawa Visitor Center, please call ahead to ensure staff is on hand to sell permits.  For more information about these permits and passes contact the Ottawa Visitor Center at 906-358-4724 or the Supervisor’s Office at 906-932-1330, or visit our passes and permits webpage.

Finding a holiday tree has become an annual tradition for many families: driving around the northwoods and spending time outdoors looking for that perfect tree is exciting.  The Ottawa invites you to look for your holiday tree on your National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota.  There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit