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All Things Maine

Sunday, December 11, 2005

$5 Christmas Trees, While They Last

Anyone who wants to harvest a Christmas tree from Maine's only national forest can do so for the low, low price of $5. Just drop by the White Mountain National Forest district office in Bethel and buy a permit.

There are some restrictions: only one tree per family, and no chainsaws. And be prepared for a lengthy search.
Colleen Mainville, public affairs officer at the White Mountain National Forest headquarters in Laconia, warned that picking a perfect tree isn't as easy as grabbing one from a street corner lot or cutting one at a tree farm.

"Keep in mind that a wild tree may not have the perfect appearance of a commercial tree. Be prepared to do some real searching," said Mainville, who counsels patience. "Somewhere out there is your ideal Christmas tree." [Link]
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