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In the forest, getting the Christmas tree ...

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For the past seven years, BLM's Monte Kuk has arranged to take a busload of kids into the Ochoco Mountains to cut their Christmas tree. The day's event included a visit with Smokey Bear and lunch before heading up into the high country. Finding just the right tree turned out to be almost as exciting as any other part of Christmas for this year's group of kids. After finding that perfect tree and dragging it back to the bus, they were treated to a warm fire and hot chocolate.