Forest Products Permits

Fuelwood Permits

Firewood season will open for the Payette National Forest on May 15, 2020 more information regarding upcoming firewood season will be coming soon.  Please visit this page for the latest updates.

There is a 4-cord minimum purchase for the personal use firewood permits. The minimum permit is $25.00 ($6.25 per cord). You can buy up to 10 cords per family per year.

With your firewood permit purchase, you will need to carry the permit, load tickets (in 1/4 cord increments), and a Boise, Payette or Sawtooth NF firewood brochure.

Forest Service law enforcement officials also recommend you have the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of the area in your possession.  

When you buy a fuelwood permit you are responsible for fully understanding and agree to all conditions of the permit. Violations of the conditions of the permit are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than six months or both (16 USC 551).

Christmas Tree Permits

Drawing of Christmas TreeThe holiday season is often time for families and friends to head to the woods to play in the snow and to cut the traditional family Christmas Tree. Lifelong memories are built during these special times and the Payette National Forest is happy to help with any information gathering you'll need to make this trip a safe and enjoyable one.

The Payette National Forest vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits Saturday, Nov. 21.  On Monday, Nov. 23, permits will be available at Forest Service offices via curbside service.  Online purchase of permits begins on Nov. 16.  All permits are valid to Dec. 31.  Link to local vendors.

New this year, Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase online at Recreation.gov – click this link.  Making permits available on-line adds convenience for visitors as well as provide an alternative to in-person transactions at offices that remain closed to walk-in business due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  When purchasing online, be certain to specifically purchase a permit for the Payette National Forest as permits purchased online for other Forests are not valid on the Payette.  Permits purchased online are $10 and an additional $2.50 service fee, then printed by the purchaser at the time of purchase (printer access is required).

Permits remain available locally as well at our vendors (see attached list) - and by calling our local Forest Service offices, paying via credit card/debit card, then curbside pickup (phone numbers attached).  Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family.  The cost of a permit purchased locally is $10.  Locally purchased permits are valid on both the Payette and Boise National Forest – one permit works for both Forests.

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 use of permits for commercial purposes is prohibited.  Permits are non-refundable and the purchaser must be at least 18 years in age.

In coordination with the “Every Kid Outdoors” program, fourth-graders who are participating in the Every Kid Outdoors program can receive a free Christmas tree Permit.  The U.S. Forest Service is among several federal agencies that support the Every Kid Outdoors initiative which is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.  The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students who first go to https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm and complete the application process for a pass, print the pass and call a Forest Service office for curbside service.  If utilizing the online system at recreation.gov, enter the pass number when prompted.

Commercial vendors will not be issuing a free Christmas tree permit to participants of the Every Kid Outdoors program, and free Christmas tree permits cannot be sent through the mail or electronically.  Participation in the Every Kid Outdoors program also offers benefits at National Parks and on other public lands and facilities across the United States.

Harvesting a Christmas tree is a fun adventure and often a traditional family event.  Please review the Christmas tree brochure and map for optimal areas and be fully prepared for winter travel.

If an unusually heavy snowfall occurs 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 and check websites for road conditions before heading out.  Please do not block private or county roadways at any time. 

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

  • Use the brochure with instructions 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 inform 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.

Download and print a Christmas Coloring page here

Mushroom Picking Permit

Mushroom Gathering Policy

At this time, no Commercial Mushroom Permits are available.

Mushroom gathering is best, as soon as the snow melts, in areas that have been burned or had ground disturbance within 2-3 years.  The first year is usually the best.  

2018 Mushroom Picking General Guidelines within the Payette National Forest

At this time, mushroom picking is for personal use only, and no permit required.

2018 PERSONAL USE HARVESTING

Personal use harvesting - applies:

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this order:  (0402-00-50):

  • Persons may personal harvest up to 5 gallons of morel mushrooms per person and possess up to 10 gallons per person per day.

  • The mushrooms are used for non-commercial purposes only.

  • Mushrooms are not to be sold for profit.

The best times for successful mushroom gathering are dependent upon the picking area.  Mushrooms emerge in the spring when moisture, soil, aspect, snow levels and temperatures are just right. Generally the season starts in late May and extends through June.  

Most often the best location for mushrooms is in areas that were burned or the soil was disturbed the previous year.  Sometimes there are mushrooms found two-three years after the burn, although usually the first year is generally the optimal season. The spring snow pack helps determine the amount and timing of mushroom growth.  Snow melt can greatly influence when, and for how long, mushrooms survive. 

Please use caution, because of this year's above normal snow pack, roads at elevations above 5000 feet may remain impassible due to snow and debris through June! Also rivers and creeks are running very high and can be dangerous.

Whitebark Pine

"Why There is No Firewood Harvesting of Whitebark Pine"





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