- On a budget this holiday? You're in luck. You can find your perfect Christmas tree, and it'll only cost you $5.
Forest Service Ranger stations are offering permits to cut your own Christmas tree. You can pick a tree from almost anywhere within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Just make sure you stay out of campgrounds, and designated wilderness areas.
One benefit of cutting your own tree is, it may last longer, just make sure you give it plenty of water.
"Get it right in water really, really fast cause even though it's a cut tree, it's still going to absorb water," said Dave Melancon, Public Affairs Specialist at the Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest office in Rhinelander.
Other guidelines include choosing a tree at least 50 feet away from a road, and picking the right size tree- Don't just cut the top off a larger tree.
Rangers also want you to keep safety in mind before heading into the woods. Keep in mind that many National Forest roads aren’t snowplowed, and dress for the weather- it may take a while to find your perfect tree.
"I would recommend get an early start, pack a lunch, tell some friends where you're going… It's just part of being safe in the forest," says Melancon.
To purchase a permit, stop by any of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Ranger Offices.
Story By: Kailey Burton