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Alberta waives fee for cutting Christmas trees on Crown land

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You can save yourself $5 on a Christmas tree this year if you’re harvesting it from Crown land.

The provincial government announced Thursday it’s removed the fee for a Personal Use Forest Product Permit.

While you still have to apply for a permit, you’ll be able to take up to three Christmas trees from Alberta’s 87-million acres of forested land.

“The Christmas tree is an important symbol of hope and joy this coming Christmas season. By cutting red tape and adopting a best practice, we’re giving a little light to Albertans whose tradition includes retrieving their own trees.” – Grant Hunter, Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction

Permits can be obtained online and are valid for 30 days.

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You’ll also get a map of where you can go to harvest your tree.

The government says eliminating the fee will save Albertans $100,000 this year.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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