Sawtooth National Recreation Area to Open on Saturday


For Immediate Release
Contact: 208-423-7500

Julie Thomas, Public Affairs Officer



Sawtooth National Recreation Area to Open on Saturday

Christmas Tree Permits will be Available for Purchase


Ketchum, Idaho

November 27, 2019

Sawtooth National Recreation Area employees will open the Visitor Center on Saturday, December 7, 2019 and December 14, 2019 to provide the public an opportunity to purchase Christmas Tree Permits.  The office will be open from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M...


This will allow a family to choose and cut one tree up to 20 feet tall.  There is a limit of one tree per family or organization for a cost of $10.00. Additionally, in support of Every Kid Outdoors, the Sawtooth National Forest will offer one free Christmas tree permit to fourth graders who present a valid paper or durable Every Kid Outdoors pass. The fourth grader must be present at the time the permit is issued and must be picked up before you cut the tree. This is only available at Sawtooth National Forest offices. Permits are only valid until December 25, 2019.


The mission of the Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities and approximately 66 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System.  The agency also has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 900 million forested acres within the U.S., of which over 130 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.)






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