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, Cloninger’s Harvest Foods in Kamiah, Helmer Store & Cafe in Helmer, Idaho Rigging in Potlatch, Tri-State Outfitters and Woodland Enterprises in Moscow, and DYNW (Discover Your Northwest) at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, and Lochsa Lodge at Powell.
“Cutting a Christmas Tree on Your Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests” brochure is available at all forest offices and on the forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/passes-permits/forestproducts.
As a general rule, no special areas are designated for Christmas tree cutting. Here are some tips when choosing and cutting your Christmas tree:
Cut your tree at least 200 feet away from well-traveled roads, flowing water, campgrounds and recreation sites.
It is permissible to cut trees from the cut banks and fill slopes of lesser-traveled roads.
Select your trees from thickets or overstocked areas. Avoid removing trees from plantations or other areas where tree growth is sparse.
Select a tree that is the right height for your needs. Please don’t cut a large tree just to take the top.
Pile all discarded branches away from roads, ditches and culverts.
Cut your tree as close to the ground as possible. Stumps should be eight inches or less.
Attach a permit to each cut tree prior to transporting it in your vehicle.
For more information, call or visit your local Forest Service office.