TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The holidays are approaching fast and permits for cutting Christmas trees for personal, family use on Sawtooth National Forest will be available beginning Thursday, Nov. 15.
The cost of this year's permit is $10 and it allows a family to choose and cut a tree up to 20 feet tall. There is a limit of one tree per family or organization, and Sawtooth National Forests strongly recommends that people check with the Forest Service office closest to the area where they plan to cut their tree. Some families may even qualify to take home a tree at no cost.
"Everyone that has a fourth grader in their family to come to the office and get an Every Kid Outdoors pass that enables a family to get a free Christmas tree with their fourth grader," said Julie Thomas, public affairs officer. "So we can go out and teach our children to participate in the outdoors and enjoy the Sawtooth National Forest."
The permit is valid until Dec. 25 and will be available at the following locations throughout the Sawtooth National Forest and surrounding areas:
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
Minidoka Ranger District Office – 8:00 AM –12:00- 12:30-4:30 PM Monday – Friday
Cal Ranch - 226 Overland Ave, Burley, Idaho
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 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.