Fourth-graders are eligible for a free holiday tree permit through the U.S. Forest Service’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative.
Malheur National Forest offices in John Day, Prairie City and Hines will be open extended hours, until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, and open from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 5, to accommodate fourth-graders who live outside the area and can’t get in during regular operating hours.
Students can visit www.everykidinapark.gov and follow the instructions to obtain and print a paper voucher, which can then be presented at any national forest office to receive the permit.
Students must be present with the voucher to receive their pass as well as the free Christmas tree permit.
Local Malheur National Forest offices are at 431 Patterson Bridge Road in John Day and 327 SW Front St. in Prairie City.