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IPNF Christmas tree permits on sale

November 2, 2023

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 recreation.gov. Permit costs are $5 per tree with a maximum of three trees per household. Each tree permit allows the permit holder to cut one Christmas tree. Online purchases through  recreation.gov will have a $2.50 administrative fee added to the total cost of tree permits.

Through the Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) program, all 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 on  recreation.gov.  

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Mike Weland, Publisher

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