Christmas trees can be cut for free this season in a federal refuge near Soldotna, federal officials announced this week.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open from Thursday through Dec. 25 for families to harvest Christmas trees, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service statement.

“Trees are free for personal use with a limit of one per household, and may not be taller than 20 feet,” refuge officials wrote. “Trees may be taken anywhere on the refuge with hand tools, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground, or picnic area. No tree cutting is permitted in the Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center area and along Ski Hill Road.”

A map showing where Christmas trees may be harvested between Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2017 in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (From KNWR)

People taking trees are asked to cut stumps as close to the ground as possible “for aesthetic reasons.”

More information is available from the refuge’s office by phone at 907-262-7021.