If you listen closely, you can probably hear the faint jingling of silver bells somewhere nearby. Christmas is on the way, and while a lot of people choose to wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating you could be rewarded for rushing the season.

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You have a lot of options when it comes to finding and cutting down a live Christmas Tree in Michigan, which is great news. The bad news is that a lot of them are pricey and won't allow you to cut down a tree until the weekend of November 19th.

Whether you're looking to get ahead of the season, or just save a few bucks, you have a couple of options that will not only help you expedite the seasonal serotonin, but also allow you to help support our Michigan parks.

Did you know you can cut down a $5 Christmas Tree from 3 Michigan Forests?

It's true! There are three national forests who will allow you to apply for a permit to cut down a tree in a specific area of the forest.

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The season in which you can apply for the permit to do so in each park runs from Thu, Oct 13, 2022 - Sat, Dec 31, 2022. Obviously, we are already in the season to apply, but there are a limited amount of permits given out to each park, so the sooner you apply the better.

Which forests offer applications to cut down a tree?

Currently, you can get permits while they last for for Huron-Manistee, Hiawatha, and Ottawa forests. Click each of the names above to learn more and apply for permits.

What are the rules for cutting down a tree in Michigan's National forest?

These are the rules and regulations that are listed on the website, but you should always check before before you go out if you're unsure.

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Mainly, make sure you're only cutting in specified areas that aren't new growth or near paths, waterways, and camp sites.

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Each forest has limitations on the size of the tree you can cut and the species of trees that are permitted, so make sure you're aware of what you're looking for. And always remove snow from the trunk if it's there, to make sure you get an accurate reading.

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