Want to cut your own Christmas tree? What you need to know

Want to cut your own Christmas tree? What you need to know
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The following is a news release via the Payette National Forest

The Boise and Payette National Forest vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Saturday, Nov. 19.

On Monday, Nov. 21, the permits will be also be available at Boise and Payette NF District Offices and the Interagency Visitor’s Information Center located at 1387 South Vinnell Way in Boise. All tree permits are valid through Dec. 24.

Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family.

For both Forests, the cost of a permit for one tree is $10, and the maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet. Permits are valid on both the Payette and Boise NFs.

All purchasers are provided with information about where a Christmas tree may be harvested, restrictions and helpful tips.

A Christmas tree permit is for personal use only and the use of permits for commercial use is prohibited. Permits are not refundable for any reason.

“We ask everyone to check with the Forest District Offices or vendors when buying a permit to make sure your tree cutting location is within Forest boundaries and not within a closed area or private land,” said Audrey Karpe, Boise NF Tree Coordinator.

If an unusually heavy snowfall occurs in southwest Idaho, and forest roads become a safety concern for the public, some areas may be closed early to Christmas tree gathering. Forest roads are not plowed. Call ahead for road updates if conditions warrant. Please do not block private or county roadways at any time.

Boise National Forest Offices Selling Permits

Interagency Visitor Information Center
Sells permits for the Sawtooth, Payette, and Boise National Forests
1387 South Vinnell Way
(BLM State Office - West of Wal-Mart on Overland Road, Boise)
Hours: M-F 7:45-4:30p.m.

For more information about the Christmas tree program, contact any of the District Offices.

The Idaho City Ranger District 208-392-6681
3833 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - noon and 12:30 - 4:30p.m
The Idaho City RD office will be open on these weekends; November 26 – 27, December 3 - 4 and December 10. Office hours on each Saturday will be from 9 - 4 and on Sundays from 10 - 4.

Mountain Home Ranger District 208-587-7961
2180 American Legion Boulevard
Mountain Home, ID 83647
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Lowman Ranger District 208-259-3361
7359 Highway 21
Lowman, ID 83637
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Emmett Ranger District 208-365-7000
1805 Highway 16, Room 5
Emmett, ID 83617
Hours: M-F 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Cascade Ranger District 208-382-7400
540 North Main Street
Cascade, ID 83611
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.