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Cutting down a Christmas tree in the forest is an Idaho tradition

Posted at 12:41 PM, Dec 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-01 21:56:09-05

IDAHO CITY, Idaho — Every winter, families invade the Boise National Forest with a mission of finding the perfect Christmas tree. It's a tradition enjoyed by many Idahoans.

To get a tree, people first need to obtain a permit from the forest service for $10. The easiest way to do so is at the ranger station in Idaho City.

People have until Christmas to cut down a tree of their choice, with a three-tree limit for each family. Each tree has to be under 10 feet tall, and if you have a fourth grader, you can get a voucher to cut one down for free.

For the Menlove family it was their first time cutting down their own tree and a family tradition their mother wants to pass on to her children.

"I did it as a kid growing up and I loved it," said Heather Menlove. "This was really fun."

The Forest Service's website has more information on the permit process.