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IPNF Christmas tree permits available

November 21, 2022

The U.S. Forest Service will once again offer a great way to create holiday memories and enjoy the National Forests while finding this year’s holiday tree for your home! Permits are available for purchase at offices across north Idaho or online through www.recreation.gov. Permits cost $5 each and allow the permit holder to cut one Christmas tree. Three tree permits are allowed per household.

Online purchases will incur a $2.50 administrative fee.

This year, the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District office in Fernan will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 26 and Saturday, December 3, to sell permits in person.

Through the Every Kid Outdoors program, fourth graders are eligible for one free Christmas tree permit! Fourth graders must present a valid EKO pass or paper voucher at a Forest Service office to receive a free permit. To obtain the pass or paper voucher, fourth graders need to visit www.everykidoutdoors.gov. Vouchers can also be redeemed on Recreation.gov.

Winter weather can change rapidly. Most National Forest roads are not maintained for winter driving. Forest staff recommend bringing traction devices and a shovel, extra food, drinking water, winter clothing, blankets, a flashlight and a first aid kit.

Don’t forget a tool for cutting the tree and a rope or cord to secure it to vehicles. Tree cutting and travel may take longer than anticipated, so let a friend or family member know where you are going, get an early start and leave the woods well before dark.

For more tips and information, and to obtain your permits, visit Idaho Panhandle National Forest Christmas Tree Permits, or visit the Idaho Panhandle National Forests website.

Questions or Comments? Send us an email!

Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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