IDAHO FALLS, ID: Caribou-Targhee National Forest Christmas Tree tag sales are in full swing for the holiday season. Tags are for sale at Forest Service offices and at many vendor locations making tags available on weekends and evening hours. Most Forest Service offices will be closed on federal holidays and weekends. We encourage people to use vendors.
Tags are limited to one per household and entitle the purchaser to harvest one tree. Please note that tag prices and restrictions are different for trees cut on Bureau of Land Management lands. Sales outlets or vendors, with their days and times of operations, can be found at the
Caribou-Targhee National Forest website:
The website also contains safety tips to review before heading out to cut your tree and how to properly care for your tree, to give it the best chance to last throughout the holiday season.
Christmas trees up to 12 feet tall cost $10.00 and are available through our vendors, but if you desire a tree from 13 feet up to 20 feet in total height your cost is $15.00. The taller tree permits may be available through our vendors. Please check with individual vendors on availability.
The Forest Service encourages Christmas Tree cutters to harvest their trees as soon as possible due to forecasted weather conditions. Mountain snowstorms and the subsequent road conditions can limit some access to cutting areas. The earlier you go out and cut your trees, the better chance of getting into areas beyond where previous year cuttings have limited the number and selection of trees available. Cutting or removal of forest products is prohibited in campgrounds, summer home sites, administrative sites (guard stations) and ski areas. Everyone must have the permit in your possession at the time of cutting any forest product. Additionally, everyone is asked to please follow the travel restrictions that are in place on the Forest. Forest travel maps are available at the Ranger Stations, as well as online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/cttnf/