Sawtooth National Forest Christmas Tree Permits go on Sale November 15th

Sawtooth National Forest

370 American Ave

Jerome, ID 83338




               Media Contact 208‐423-7559/731-8604

             Julie Thomas

             October 31, 2018


Sawtooth National Forest Christmas Tree Permits go on Sale


          TWIN FALLS, IDAHO…..The Holidays are fast approaching and permits for cutting Christmas trees for personal, family use on the Sawtooth National Forest will be available beginning Thursday, November 15, 2018 and will be valid until December 25, 2018.  The cost of this year’s permit is $10.  This permit will enable a family to choose and cut a tree up to 20 feet. There is a limit of one tree per family or organization.  Permits will be available at the following locations throughout the Sawtooth National Forest and surrounding areas:


Fairfield Area

                             Fairfield Ranger District Office – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday-Friday

                             Camas Creek Country Store – 6:30 AM – 8:00 PM Monday – Thursday

6:30 AM – 8:30 PM Friday, 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM Saturday, 7:00 AM -8:00 PM Sunday


Twin Falls Area

                             Forest Supervisor’s Office – 8:00 AM – 12:00 1:00-4:30 PM Monday–Friday

                             Rock Creek General Store – 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM Seven days/week

                             Hansen Quick Stop & Go – 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM Seven days/week


Burley Area


Minidoka Ranger District Office – 8:00 AM –12:00- 12:30-4:30 PM Monday – Friday


Ketchum Area

                             Ketchum Ranger District Office – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday–Friday

                             Sawtooth NRA Hdqtrs Office – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday–Friday

                             LL Green Hardware in Hailey – 8:00 AM – 6:00PM Monday- Saturday   


Stanley Area

Stanley Ranger Station – 8:30 AM – 12:00 - 1:00 PM–4:30 PM Monday-Friday 

Lower Stanley Country Store 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Monday-Saturday



 Depending on the specific area where people choose to cut their trees, a variety of trees are available.  These include lodgepole pine, subalpine fir, Douglas-fir and pinyon pine.

“We strongly recommend that people check with the Forest Service office closest to the area where they plan to cut their tree,” said Julie Thomas, Public Affairs Officer.  “Conditions on-the-ground vary greatly from area to area throughout the Forest.  In some places it may be necessary to cross-country ski or use a snow machine to access cutting areas.”

There are a few areas that are off limits for cutting Christmas trees.  These include campgrounds, administrative sites, ski areas, summer home sites and organization camps.

“People will be provided with information when they purchase their permit,” said Thomas.  “This will include maps and rules for cutting trees.”

Thomas advised people to be well prepared when going into the forest to cut their tree.  “Weather and road conditions can change quite rapidly at this time of the year.  We encourage people to take extra food and clothing and let someone know where you plan to go and when you plan to return.”

Additionally, in support of Every Kid in a Park, the Sawtooth National Forest will offer one free Christmas tree permit to fourth graders who present a valid paper or durable Every Kid in a Park pass.  The fourth grader must be present at the time the permit is issued and must be picked up before you cut your tree.  The free Christmas tree permit will not be available at local vendors, but is available at all Sawtooth National Forest offices in Twin Falls, Burley, Fairfield, Ketchum, Stanley and Sawtooth National Recreation Area headquarters.


The U.S. Forest Service is among the federal agencies that support the Administration’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of conservationists.  The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students who first go to and complete the application process.  Students can either use a paper pass or can redeem the paper pass for a durable pass at select federal lands.  The Sawtooth National Forest hopes the Every Kid in a Park will help to inspire every young person to visit the Sawtooth National Forest!



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