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Forest Christmas Tree Sales To Start Friday

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By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Christmas is fast approaching and permits for cutting Christmas trees for personal, family use on the Sawtooth National Forest will be available beginning Friday, November 22, 2013. The cost of this year’s permit is $5. This permit will enable a family to choose and cut a tree up to ten feet in height.
“If people want a tree that is eleven to twenty feet high, the cost is $10,” states Karl Fuelling, Forester, Sawtooth National Forest. “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 General Store – 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sunday – Thursday
7:00 AM – 7:30 PM Friday – Saturday
Twin Falls Area
Forest Supervisor’s Office – 8:00 AM – 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 – 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
9:00-4:30 Saturday–Sunday through Dec.21st.
Starting Dec. 15th Headquarters will be open on Saturdays 9:00-4:30 throughout the winter.
Hailey Area
LL Green’s Hardware – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday-Saturday
Stanley Area
Stanley Ranger Station – 8:30 AM – 12:00; 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Monday - Friday

As an added convenience to the public, beginning Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 30, the Sawtooth NRA Headquarters will be open additional hours on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. These additional hours will continue through Saturday, December 21, 2013. The office will close early on December 24, closed on December 25 and January 1. After this date, Sawtooth NRA Headquarters will be open on Saturday from 9:00-4:30 throughout the winter, closed on Sunday.

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 Fuelling. “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 Fuelling. “This will include maps and rules for cutting trees.”
Fuelling 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.”


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