Christmas tree permits available for local national forests

David Lee Palmer, Sr., and his 8-month-old son, Davey, bring home their Christmas trees in 1959. Contributed photo

KAMIAH — In Idaho County and the surrounding area, it is a popular tradition to begin the holiday season with an outing to the forest to cut the family’s Christmas tree. Permits for Christmas tree cutting are now available at Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests offices, as well as several local vendors. Free permits are also available to all fourth graders through the Every Kid in a Park program.

Christmas tree permits are $5 each and are limited to three permits per family. A permit is required for each tree cut. The permits can be purchased from any Forest Service office or visitor center, as well as at several local vendors. A list of vendors can be found in the “Cutting a Christmas Tree on your Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests” brochure, available at forest offices and on website:

Students in fourth grade can acquire a free Christmas tree permit with their Every Kid in a Park pass!. Fourth graders must visit a Forest Service office with a parent or guardian and present their Every Kid in a Park pass to receive their Christmas tree permit. This allows fourth graders and accompanying family members free access to public lands across the United States. This pass is free of charge and can be downloaded online. For information: visit or your local ranger station.

Cut trees at least 200 feet from well–traveled roads, flowing water, campgrounds, and recreation sites. Select trees from thickets and overstocked areas and choose a tree that is the right size for needs. Remember to attach a permit to each tree cut before transporting it in a vehicle. Visit

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