Boise and Payette National Forest Vendors Begin Selling Christmas Tree Permits November 17

Release Date: Nov 9, 2012  

Contact(s): Boise National Forest 208-373-4007


The Boise and Payette National Forest (NF) 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 NF 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 NF Tree Coordinator. 


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.  Forest roads are not plowed.  Call ahead for road updates if conditions warrant.  Please do not block private or county roadways at any time.



Boise National Forest Offices Selling Permits


Interagency Visitor Information Center

Sells permits for the Sawtooth, Payette, and Boise National Forests

1387 South Vinnell Way

(BLM State Office - West of Wal-Mart on Overland Road, Boise)

Hours:  M-F 7:45-4:30p.m.




For more information about the Christmas tree program, contact any of the District Offices.



The Idaho City Ranger District   208-392-6681

3833 Highway 21

Idaho City, ID 

Hours:M-F 8 a.m. - noon and 12:30 - 4:30p.m


Mountain Home Ranger District   208-587-7961

2180 American Legion Boulevard                                            
Mountain Home, ID 83647

Hours:  M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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 7:30 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.




Vendors Selling Tree Permits For Boise NF



Idaho City Grocery   (208) 392-4426

3868 Highway 21

Idaho City, ID83631

Open:  Sun-Thur, 8 am-8 pm, Fri-Sat 8 am-9 pm



Tom’s Service/Sinclair   (208) 392-4900

243 Highway 21

Idaho City, ID  83631                                    

Open: Sun-Sat, 5 am -11 pm



Donna’s Place   (208) 392-9777

200 Main Street

Idaho City, ID83631

Open:  Mon-Thurs, 9 am-9 pm;

Fri-Sat, 9 am -10 pm; Sun, 10 am -7 pm



Ellie’s Store   (208) 392-4583

3154 Highway 21 (Mile-Post 31.5, 7 miles south of Idaho City)

Boise, ID 83716

Open:  Sun-Mon & Wed-Sat, 7 am- 9 pm (Closed Tues)




Donna’s Place   (208) 392-9666

110 E Granite Street

Placerville, ID 83666

Open:  Mon-Thurs, 10 am - 6 pm;

Fri-Sat, 10 am - 7 pm; Sun, 11 am - 6 pm



East Cleveland Beverage   (208) 459-6442

2518 E Cleveland

Caldwell, ID 83605

Open:  Sun-Thurs, 6 am - 10 pm;

Fri-Sat, 6 am - 12 am



B&W Fuels      (208) 365-2291                                                                                  

1900 N Washington                                                   

Emmett, ID 83617                                                      

Open:  Sun - Thur, 6 am - 9 pm                             

Fri-Sat, 6 am -10 pm


Emmett Saw and Motor Rentals (208) 365-2955

306 N Washington

Emmett, ID 83617

Open:  Mon - Fri, 8 am - 5:30 pm; Sat, 8:30 am - 2 pm; (Closed Sun)


Ray’s Corner Market

445 Highway 55

Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629

(208) 793-2391

Open:  Sun-Sat, 6 am - 10 pm


Garden Valley Chevron   (208) 462-3869

PO Box 447

Garden Valley, ID 83622

(208) 462-3869

Open:  Mon-Sat, 6 am - 10 pm; Sun, 7 am -10 pm



Payette NF Offices Selling Tree Permits


Council Ranger District Office          New Meadows Ranger District Office

2092 Highway 95, Council, ID             3674 Highway 95, New Meadows, ID

208-253-0100                                      208-347-0300



Weiser Ranger District Office                       McCall Ranger District Office          

851 E 9th St., Weiser, ID                      102 West Lake St., McCall, ID

208-549-4200                                      208-634-0400


All Payette National Forest offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information about the Christmas tree program, contact any of the District Offices.



Vendors Selling Tree Permits For Payette NF



Draper’s Outdoor Power Equipment    (541) 889-9250

201 SE 2nd Ave, Ontario, OR

Open:  Mon – Fri 9 am – 5:30 pm


Ridley's Food and Drug    (208) 549-1332

652 E 1st St., Weiser, ID

Open:  Everyday 7 am – 11 pm


Do It Best Hardware    (208) 549-0424

1101 State St., Weiser, ID

Open:  Mon – Sat. 8 am – 7 pm, Sun 9 am-4 pm


Farmer’s Supply Co-op    (208) 253-4266

2030 N. Highway 95, Council, ID

Open:  Everyday 6 am – 10 pm


Old Town Market    (208) 634-2016

507 N. 3rd St, McCall, ID

Open:  Sun – Thur 7 am – 10 pm, Fri-Sat 7 am -11 pm


Dart’s True Value     (208) 642-3232

121 South Main, Payette, ID

Open:  Mon – Fri 8 am – 6 pm, Sat 8 am – 5:30 pm (Closed Sunday)



To provide for family safety, officials advise a few simple guidelines:


  • Use the brochure with instruction provided.
  • 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, include a map of your destination, and the time that you plan to be gone. 
  • Be prepared for the possibility of a long hike or snowmobile ride while searching for the perfect tree.
  • According to Idaho state law, any vehicle carrying a load that extends more than 4 feet past the tailgate, must display a red or florescent orange flag tied on the end of the load to caution other drivers.