As I got older, I realized that life is about making memories with your loved ones among the monotony of life. I try to create these memories whenever I can. I wish I had realized this at a younger age when my children were younger.
Here is your chance to create a great memory with your wife, husband, kids, boyfriend, girlfriend or partner. Visit one of Michigan’s three national forests and cut down your very own Christmas tree.
You can visit the Huron-Manistee National Forest, the Ottawa National Forest, or the Hiawatha National Forest and for $ 5 you can cut your own Christmas tree.
For us in southern Michigan, the Huron-Manistee National Forest is located in Cadillac Michigan, just a short drive away.
The US Forest Service, each year, offers you the opportunity to cut your own wild Christmas tree in one of Michigan’s three national forests. You may need to pack a few extra snacks, we’re told there are around 3 million acres in these three national forests for you to explore.
According to an MLive report, Joshua Veal, the public affairs officer for the Huron-Manistee National Forests, said:
“For many families, going out into the forest to find a tree for the holidays is a precious tradition that has been carried on for generations … For others, it is an opportunity to create a new tradition and to discover the joy of bring a tree home. of a national forest and creating special memories.
Not only does this offer create a great keepsake for you and your family, it also helps the National Forest. According to Recreation.gov, felling these trees “contributes to the overall health of the forest by helping thin densely populated stands of small diameter trees – the perfect size for a Christmas tree at home.”
Before you jump into your vehicle, you will need to purchase a “tree tag”. You can purchase your tree sticker / permit online at Recreation.gov/tree-permits or in person at the offices of each of the Michigan National Forests. In addition, the US Forest Service encourages everyone to “find out about all the details of the forest where they will be cutting their trees.” The details of the Huron-Manistee National Forest are as follows:
$ 5 per tree with a maximum of three trees per family, available until Friday, December 31, 2021. Purchase a permit online here, or visit a local office for permits and more information (find Huron-Manistee National Forest online here).
This is a great opportunity to go on an adventure and create an unforgettable memory with your loved ones.