Sawtooth National Forest Christmas Tree Permits go on Sale

The Holidays are fast approaching and permits for cutting Christmas trees for personal, family use on the Sawtooth National Forest will be available beginning Friday, November 12, 2021 and will be valid until December 25, 2021. The cost of this year’s permit is $10. This permit 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. Forest Service offices are offering curbside pickup only.

Permits will be available at the following locations throughout the Sawtooth National Forest and surrounding areas:

Fairfield:

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:

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:

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

Cal Ranch Store – 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM Monday –Friday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Sunday

Ketchum:

Ketchum Ranger District Office – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Monday–Friday

Sawtooth NRA HQ- 9:00 AM – 12:00 - 1:00 PM–4:30 PM Monday, Wed, Friday

LL Green Hardware in Hailey – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday- Saturday Sawtooth Wood Products in Bellevue - 8:00 AM-5:30 PM Monday-Friday Saturday 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

Stanley:

Stanley Ranger Station – 9:00 AM – 12:00 - 1:00 PM–4:30 PM Monday, Wed, Friday

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 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 student 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, 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 Outdoors 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: https://everykidoutdoors.gov/fourth_graders.htm 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 Outdoors will help to inspire every young person to visit the Sawtooth National Forest!

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