The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest is pleased to continue the fourth grade free Christmas tree program again this holiday season. Fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid in a Park ("Every Kid") initiative. Every Kid is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of conservationists. All fourth graders are eligible to receive a fourth grade pass that allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full year. In support of this initiative, the Forest Service will make available a free Christmas tree permit to every interested fourth grader who presents a fourth grade pass or paper voucher at a GMUG National Forest office location. The voucher can be printed from the Every Kid in a Park website: https://everykidinapark.gov/. To earn the voucher, simply visit the website, click on the "Get Your Pass" button and follow the instructions to obtain the voucher. Print out the paper voucher and bring it with you to a district office or the GMUG supervisor's office in Delta.
For everyone else, permits are $8 each. Permits and maps are available at the GMUG supervisor's office, 2250 Highway 50, Delta (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays) and at the Paonia Ranger District, 403 N. Rio Grande Avenue, Paonia (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays).