Live Christmas trees in Florida are often shipped in from out-of-state, but now there is a local option for those of you wanting a live tree. The Lake Wales Ridge State Forest is offering sand pines at the Arbuckle Tract for $10. A permit is required and the cost is $10 for a tree under 15 feet tall. You must bring your own hand saw. Here is their flyer for more information.
Cutting down your own Christmas tree can be a great family tradition and is environmentally-friendly. UF/IFAS Extension Polk County's Natural Resources Agent Shannon Carnevale has a wonderful fact sheet to help you decide what kind of Christmas tree is best for you.