Free 2018 Christmas tree permits available to Every Kid in a Park pass holders


By Brandon Caley

Special to The SUN

For the third year, the Pagosa Ranger District will issue a free Christmas tree permit for fourth-graders with a 2018-2019 Every Kid in a Park pass while supplies last.

The San Juan National Forest offers the free tree permit as part of the U.S. Forest Service’s Every Kid in a Park program. The program is part of an interagency call to action to build the next generation of conservationists.

All fourth-graders (or home-school equivalent and 10 years old) are eligible to receive a fourth-grade Every Kid in 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 to obtain a pass or voucher and collect a free tree permit

In order for students to receive a free tree permit, they must present a valid paper voucher printed from the Every Kid in a Park website:

1. Visit the website and follow the instructions on the website to obtain the paper voucher.

2. Print out the paper voucher. Electronic copies aren’t accepted.

3. Bring paper voucher with you to a permit sale location (district office or the supervisor’s office) on the San Juan National Forest to claim the free permit.

Mail-order form is not an option for this program. The fourth-grader and family must present the voucher in person at an office location. Only one free tree permit is allowed per fourth-grader.

For more information, contact Brandon Caley at 264-2268 or stop by and visit us Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., currently located in a trailer at 180 Pagosa St.