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Ready for your Christmas tree? Here's how to get it, if you're cutting it down yourself

Umpqua National Forest, Roseburg Field Office, Nov. 14, 2017. (SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- If you're ready to start decorating for Christmas, you can now purchase a Christmas tree permit from the Umpqua National Forest.

Permits are $5 and limited to one permit per tree, but you can have up to five permits per family.

Also, fourth graders part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative can get a free permit.

A Forest Service spokesperson says it's a great way for kids and adults to unplug and get some fresh air.

"We really are hoping to pull people off their smart devices and computers for just a little while to go out and reconnect with nature," says Cheryl Caplan with Umpqua National Forest.

Officials say if you venture in higher elevations for the perfect tree to make sure to check for any surprise weather and have a full tank of gas.

For a list of places and times to get your permits, visit this story.

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