Local Christmas tree permits will soon be available
The Boise and Payette National Forest vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Saturday, November 17.
On Monday, November 19, the permits will also be available at Boise and Payette National Forest District Offices and the Interagency Visitor’s Information Center, located at 1387 South Vinnell Way in Boise. All tree permits are valid through December 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 vendor or forest office about areas to avoid that might have potentially dangerous snag trees or debris in the roadway due to last summer’s wildfires,” said Audrey Karpe, Boise National Forest Tree Coordinator.
If an unusually heavy snowfall occurs in southwest Idaho, officials say, 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.
Forest officials recommend you call ahead for road updates, if conditions warrant.