The Idaho Panhandle National Forests and Bureau of Land Management are pleased to offer Christmas tree permits (tags), now available for purchase at agency business offices.
Here are some quick facts for those traditionalists who prefer to stalk their own wild tannenbaums:
Christmas tree tags are $5 each.
A family may purchase up to three tags.
Christmas tree tags can be used to cut trees on:
National Forest lands in northern Idaho and Montana; and
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands administered by the Coeur d'Alene District Office in northern Idaho; and by the Missoula, Butte and Dillon field offices in western Montana.
The Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District and St. Joe Ranger District offer a 'permit by mail' system. Simply print and complete the form, include a check or money order, and mail. Tree tags will be mailed the next working day after receipt of application. Click the following links for the form of your choice: Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District/St. Joe Ranger District
Please observe these rules when cutting Christmas trees:
Know where you are! Call local agency offices to check current travel conditions before you go. Forest visitor maps and information are available at Forest Service and BLM offices. National Forest maps also are available online at: www.fs.fed.us/recreation/nationalforeststore/
Cut your tree at least 200 feet from main roads, campgrounds, recreation sites, and the Deception Creek and Priest Lake Experimental Forests. No cutting is allowed within these areas or within Wilderness, Wilderness Study Areas, National Recreation Areas including English Point on the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District.
Cut your tree at least 100 yards from streams.
Select your tree from thickets or overstocked areas. Do not remove trees from active timber sale areas, plantations or other sparsely stocked areas. Leave isolated trees and single growing trees.
Cut only one tree per tag.
Attach the fluorescent tree tag to your tree before putting it into your vehicle.
Don't cut large trees just to get the top! Cut the stem off below the lowest live limb or 8 inches above the ground, whichever is lower. Keep discarded tree limbs and tree sections out of roads and ditches.
On back roads, we encourage you to cut trees that are growing within the road prism (from the top of the cut bank to the bottom of the fill slope) of little-used roads. This helps to keep roads open and safe for travel.
Be prepared for cold weather and snow! Dress warmly, carry extra food and hot drinks, and always let someone know your travel plans including destination and expected time of arrival back home. Start your tree hunting adventure early in the day while there's still plenty of daylight. Be sure to carry tire chains as most Forest roads are not plowed. Cell phone coverage is not available in many areas of the Forest.
OFFICE HOURS FOR CHRISTMAS TREE TAGS ARE LISTED BELOW
Interagency Office for Idaho Panhandle
National Forests & Bureau of Land Management
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815-8363
FS: (208) 765-7223. BLM: (208) 769-5000
FAX: (208) 765-7307
North of I-90, between U.S. Hwy. 95 and
Ramsey Road on Kathleen Ave HOURS: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays
Bonners Ferry Ranger District
6286 Main Street
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-9764
FAX: (208) 267-3732 1 mile south of Bonners Ferry on U.S. Hwy. 95 HOURS: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays
Priest Lake Ranger District
32203 Hwy. 57
Priest River, ID, 83856-9612
FAX: (208) 443-6845
On St. Hwy. 57, mile post 32, 3 miles south of Nordman HOURS: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays
Christmas Tree Tags also available at Ace Hardware, on Hwy 2 in Priest River
Sandpoint Ranger District
1602 Ontario Street
Sandpoint, ID 83864
FAX: (208) 265-6670
West edge of Sandpoint on U.S. Hwy. 2 HOURS: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays
Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District
2502 East Sherman Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814-5899
FAX: (208) 769-3062
East of I-90 at exit 15 HOURS: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays Extended Holiday Hours: 12/6: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (or until customers stop coming in) 12/13: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (or until customers stop coming in) NOTE: Fuel wood permits are not available during extended holiday hours.
Silver Valley Office
173 Commerce Dr.
Smelterville, ID 83868
South of I-90 at exit 48 HOURS: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays
St. Joe Ranger District
St. Maries Office
222 S. 7th St., Suite 1
St. Maries, ID 83861-0407
FAX: (208) 245-6052
Federal Building in downtown St. Maries HOURS: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays