The permits can be purchased from any of our Forest offices or at the following local vendors: Harpster Store in Harpster, Tom Cat’s Sporting Goods in Kooskia, Rae Brothers Sporting Goods and Tackett’s Saw Service in Grangeville, Clonigers Harvest Foods in Kamiah, Helmer Store & Cafe in Helmer, Idaho Rigging in Potlatch, and Southside Chevron and Woodland Enterprises in Moscow.
“Cutting a Christmas Tree on Your Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests” brochure is available at all forest offices. As a general rule, no special areas are designated for Christmas tree cutting. Here are some tips when choosing and cutting your Christmas tree:
v Cut your tree at least 200 feet away from well-traveled roads, flowing water, campgrounds and recreation sites.
v It is permissible to cut trees from the cut banks and fill slopes of lesser-traveled roads.
v Select your trees from thickets or overstocked areas. Avoid removing trees from plantations or other areas where tree growth is sparse.
v Select a tree that is the right height for your needs. Please don’t cut a large tree just to take the top.
v Pile all discarded branches away from roads, ditches and culverts.
v Cut your tree as close to the ground as possible. Stumps should be eight inches or less.
v Attach a permit to each cut tree prior to transporting it in your vehicle.
Have a safe and fun outing! For more information, call the Nez Perce National Forest at (208) 983-1950 or the Clearwater National Forest at (208) 476-4541.