GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP/FOX 56) — Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is offering permits for free cedar Christmas trees.

A statement from the National Forest Service said permits must be obtained online and allow each family to cut one tree through Dec. 24.

The statement said trees must be cedar and less than 10 feet tall with stumps that are less than 4 inches tall.

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area includes over 170,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and open lands in western Kentucky and Tennessee.

Once a permit is obtained, cedar trees may be cut anywhere in Land Between the Lakes except:

  • Within sight of US 68/KY 80
  • Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway
  • Cemeteries
  • Facilities, including the Elk & Bison Prairie
  • Nature Watch Areas
  • Campgrounds
  • Other mowed areas

Those interested in a permit can visit