Boise National Forest News Release
USDA Forest Service Region 4 sent this bulletin at 11/06/2017 02:16 PM MST
Boise National Forest
Contact: Boise NF – Venetia Gempler
Office (208) 373-4105
1249 S. Vinnell Way, Suite 200
Boise, Idaho 83709
(208) 373-4100 or 4007
Payette National Forest
Contact: Payette NF – Brian Harris
Office (208) 634-6945
500 North Mission Street
McCall, ID 83638
Boise and Payette National Forests Begin Christmas Tree Permit Sales Nov. 18
Boise, Idaho, Oct. 27, 2017– The Payette and Boise National Forest vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits Saturday, Nov. 18. On Monday, Nov. 20, permits will be available at Payette and Boise National Forest Offices. Christmas tree permits are $10, and valid through Dec. 25.
Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family. The maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet. Permits are valid for use on both National Forests – a permit purchased at a Boise National Forest office, can be used on the Payette and vice versa. A Christmas tree permit is for personal use only – commercial use is prohibited. Permits are not refundable.
Harvesting a Christmas tree is a fun adventure and often a traditional family event. Please be certain you are fully prepared for winter conditions and winter travel before heading out. All purchasers are provided with information about where a Christmas tree may be harvested, as well as restrictions and helpful tips.
Fourth-graders receive a Free Permit! In coordination with the “Every Kid in a Park” program, fourth-graders can receive a free Christmas tree permit. The Forest Service is among several federal agencies supporting the Every Kid in a Park initiative which is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. The initiative provides a free entry pass to many fee locations throughout the nation. Fourth-grade students, with the assistance of an adult, can register for the initiative at www.EveryKidinaPark.gov.
To receive a free Christmas tree permit, the fourth-grader and a parent must go to a Forest Service office in person with the “voucher” they received from the online registration.
Commercial vendors do not except the vouchers – free Christmas tree permits to registered fourth-graders are only available at Forest Service offices. Free Christmas tree permits cannot be sent through the mail or electronically.
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 as Forest roads are not plowed. Call ahead and check websites for road conditions before heading out. Please do not block private or county roadways at any time.
A Few Reminders when traveling to the Forests:
- Use the Christmas tree brochures with instructions provided by offices and vendors.
- Practice winter survival and driving techniques.
- Bring the right tools, such as a saw and a shovel, so the tree can be cut to within 6” of the ground’s surface.
- Take along emergency equipment, plenty of food and water, and try to use a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you are planning to travel in snow country.
- Always advise neighbors and family friends of the route you intend to take, and include a map of your destination, and the time that you plan to be gone.
- Be prepared for the possibility of a long day as time may be needed to search for the “perfect tree.”
- According to Idaho state law, any vehicle carrying a load that extends more than 4 feet past the tailgate or end of the car, must display a red or florescent orange flag tied on the end of the load to caution other drivers.
- Much of the Boise National Forest has burned in recent years. Please help our Forests with recovery and restoration efforts by not cutting green trees in burned areas. Check the alerts and notices pages of the Forest websites for closure areas.###
See list of offices and vendors on the following pages.
Christmas Tree Permit Locations
Boise National Forest Offices / https://www.fs.usda.gov/boise
Interagency Visitor Information Center (208) 373-4007
Sells permits for the Payette and Boise National Forests
1387 South Vinnell Way
(BLM State Office – West of Walmart on Overland Road, Boise)
Hours: M-F – 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Vendors and offices are closed Thanksgiving Day)
The Idaho City Ranger District (208) 392-6681 3833 Highway 21 Idaho City, ID Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30p.m
The Idaho City Ranger District may not be open on weekends.
Check with local vendors for weekend hours.
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 8 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.
Mountain Home Ranger District (208) 587-7961 3080 Industrial Way Mountain Home, ID 83647 Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Christmas Tree Permit Locations
Boise National Forest Vendors
Idaho City Grocery (208) 392-4426 3868 Highway 21 Idaho City, ID 83631 Open: Everyday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tom’s Service/Sinclair (208) 392-4900 243 State Highway 21 Idaho City, ID 83631 Open: Everyday, 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Seasons (208) 392-9777 200 Main Street Idaho City, ID 83631 Open: Everyday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Donna’s Place (208) 392-9666 110 E Granite Street Placerville, ID 83666 Open: Everyday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
East Cleveland Beverage (208) 459-6442 2518 E Cleveland Caldwell, ID 83605 Open: Everyday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
B & W Fuels (208) 365-2291 1900 N. Washington Emmett, ID 83617 Open: Sun – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 6 a.m. -10 p.m.
D & B Supply (208) 963-7035 111 State Highway 16 Emmett, ID 83617 Open: Mon – Sat, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Valley View Chevron (208) 793-4321 459 State Highway 55 Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629 Open: Mon-Thursday, – 5:30 a.m. – 10-p.m.; Friday – Sunday 5:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Ray’s Corner Market (208) 793-2391 445 State Highway 55 Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629 Open Everyday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Garden Valley Chevron (208) 462-3869 P.O. Box 447 Garden Valley, ID 83622 Beginning Nov.20 – open: Everyday – 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Christmas Tree Permit Locations
Payette National Forest Offices / https://www.fs.usda.gov/payette
All Payette National Forest offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information contact any of the District Offices. (Vendors and offices closed on Thanksgiving)
Council Ranger District Office 2092 Highway 95, Council, ID (208) 253-0100
New Meadows Ranger District Office 3674 Highway 95, New Meadows, ID (208) 347-0300
Weiser Ranger District Office 851 E Ninth St., Weiser, ID (208) 549-4200
McCall Ranger District Office 102 West Lake St., McCall, ID (208) 634-0400
Payette National Forest Vendors
Weiser: Ridley’s Food and Drug (208) 549-1332 652 E First St., Weiser, ID Open: Everyday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Cambridge: Jay’s Sinclair (208) 257-5000 Corner of Hwy 95 and Hwy 71, Cambridge, ID Open: Everyday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Council: Farmer’s Supply Co-op (208) 253-4266 2030 N. Highway 95, Council, ID Open: Everyday 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
McCall: Albertsons (208) 634-8166 132 E. Lake Street, McCall, ID Open: Everyday 6:30 a.m. -11 p.m.
New Meadows: C & M Lumber (208) 347-3648 3625 Walker Ln, New Meadows, ID Open: Mon – Sat 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.