Christmas Tree Permits

Blue Christmas Tree Photo




The Boise and Payette National Forest (NF) vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Saturday, November 19, 2016.


On Monday, November 21, permits will 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 25. 


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. 


Photo of 4 people holding a cut tree


In coordination with the “Every Kid in a Park” program, fourth graders who are participating in the Every Kid in a Park program can receive a free Christmas Tree Permit.  The U.S. Forest Service is among several federal agencies that support the Every Kid in a Park initiative which is 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.


To receive a free Christmas tree permit, the fourth grader and a parent need to go to a Forest Service office in person with the “voucher” they received from the online Every Kid in a Park program – commercial vendors will not be issuing a free Christmas tree permit to participants of the Every Kid in a Park program, and free Christmas tree permits cannot be sent through the mail or electronically. 


Participation in the Every Kid in a Park program also offers benefits at National Parks and on other public lands and facilities across the United States.


Family Christmas Tree Photo


“Keep in mind the Pioneer Fire Area Closure is in effect,” said Audrey Karpe, Boise NF Tree Coordinator.  “We recommend families go to an area of the forest with abundant trees.  The green trees remaining in or near burned areas should be left for wildlife and natural regeneration benefits. Also be aware of your surroundings and watch for rocks in the roads and falling dead trees."


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.  For further information call the Boise NF at: 208-373-4007 and check out our website at:           



Boise National Forest Offices

Interagency Visitor Information Center   208-373-4007

Sells permits for the Payette, and Boise National Forests

1387 South Vinnell Way

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

Hours:  M-F 7:45-4:30 p.m.


The Idaho City Ranger District   208-392-6681

3833 Highway 21

Idaho City,  ID 

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

Idaho City Ranger District will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on:

November 26 & 27, 2016.

December 3 & 4 and 10 & 11, 2016.



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, #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.



Mountain Home Ranger District   208-587-7961

3080 Industrial Way

Mountain Home, ID   83647

Hours:  M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



Boise National Forest Vendors

Idaho City Grocery   (208) 392-4426

3868 Highway 21

Idaho City, ID  83631    Open:  Everyday, 7:30 am -9 pm

Starting the end of Nov. Open:  8 am - 8 pm


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

243 Highway 21

Idaho City, ID  83631      

Open: Everyday, 5 am -11 pm


Donna’s Place   (208) 392-9777

200 Main Street

Idaho City, ID  83631

Open:  Everyday, 8 am-10 pm


Donna’s Place   (208) 392-9666

110 E Granite Street

Placerville, ID83666

Open:  Everyday, 10 am - 6 pm


East Cleveland Beverage   (208) 459-6442

2518 E Cleveland

Caldwell, ID83605

Open:  Everyday, 6 am - 10 pm


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


D & B Supply (208) 963-7035

(New owners 2015 - Emmett Saw and Motor Rentals)

111State Highway 16

Emmett, ID  83617

Open:  Mon - Sat, 8 am – 8 pm; Sun, 9 am - 6 pm;


Valley View Chevron   (208) 793-4321

459 Highway 55

Horseshoe Bend, ID  83629

Open:  Everyday 5:30 am - 10 pm; 


Ray’s Corner Market   (208) 793-2391

445 State Highway 55

Horseshoe Bend, ID  83629

Open:  Sun-Sat, 6 am - 10 pm


Garden Valley Chevron   (208) 462-3869

PO Box 447    Garden Valley, ID  83622   

Open:  Sun 7 am - 9 pm; Mon-Thur, 6 am -9 pm;         

Fri-Sat 6 am – 10 pm


Payette NF - Lake Photo


Payette National Forest Offices


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


Council Ranger District Office     

2092 Highway 95, Council, ID                     



New Meadows Ranger District Office

3674 Highway 95, New Meadows, ID



Weiser Ranger District Office                     

851 E 9th St., Weiser, ID                



McCall Ranger District Office      

102 West Lake St., McCall, ID




Payette National Forest Vendors


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

652 E 1st St., Weiser, ID

Open:  Everyday 7 am – 11 pm


Cambridge:  Jay’s Sinclair   (208) 257-5000

Corner of Hwy 95 and Hwy 71, Cambridge, ID

Open: Everyday 7 am – 8 pm


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

2030 N. Highway 95, Council, ID

Open:  Everyday 6 am – 10 pm


McCall:  Albertsons   (208) 634-8166

132 E. Lake Street, McCall, ID

Open:  Everyday 6:30 am -11:00 pm


New Meadows:  C & M Lumber   (208) 347-3648

3625 Walker Ln, New Meadows, ID

Open:  Mon – Sat 8 am – 6 pm



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.