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.