Make finding that perfect tree a family affair at LBL
GOLDEN POND: Though it is a tad early to think about acquiring a Christmas tree, some of you may want to take on the adventure of finding and cutting your own tree this year. At Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, you can spend a family day in search of that perfect holiday tree. And it's free. According to Land Between the Lakes, you can get permits and guidelines online from Nov. 25-Dec. 24 or in person at the administrative office Nov. 25-Dec. 23. A permit allows the cutting of one cedar tree less than 10 feet (3 meters) tall anywhere except within sight of the U.S. 68-Kentucky 80 highway, Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, cemeteries, nature watch areas, campgrounds and other mowed areas. Trees must be cedar, less than 10 feet tall, and stumps must be less than 4 inches tall. Chain saws may be used. Use of trucks, winches, tractors, or other heavy equipment is prohibited. Cutting rules and regulations can be found online under Fact Sheets and Information. Whether families cut or purchase a tree, they should follow these safety guidelines for choosing and using a cut tree in their home this Christmas. Some tips: Choose a fresh tree. If needles fall off easily, the tree is dry and can easily catch on fire. When setting up your tree, cut the base off two inches above the original cut to help the tree absorb more water. Place the tree in a stable, tip-proof container and water it daily.Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, wood stoves, or open flames. Be sure decorative lights are UL approved and in good condition. Never leave tree lights on while asleep or away from home. LED lights are a great way to save energy. Discard the tree when it begins to show signs of drying, such as brown or yellow coloration, or excessive needle dropping. Cutting down a Christmas tree is a great family tradition and it helps Land Between the Lakes maintain open lands and promote diverse wildlife habitat, says Forester Dennis Wilson Land Between the Lakes is a 170,000-acre (68,798-hectare) recreation area along the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
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