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Fancy a Saturday afternoon of family wandering through snowy woods in search of the perfect Christmas tree? Boise and Payette national forests began selling Christmas tree permits just before Thanksgiving, and interested tree hunters can purchase a tag until December 24.

The cost of a permit for one tree in the Boise National Forest is $10, with a maximum tree height of 12 feet. A permit for one tree in the Payette National Forest is $5 with a maximum height of eight feet. One tree is allowed per permit and permits are limited to three per family. Permits are for personal use, and commercial sale of harvested trees is prohibited.

Permit holders are provided with maps at the time of tag purchase which detail areas of the forest that are open, closed and restricted for tree harvesting. Due to weather and road conditions, families have found themselves stranded and in danger while harvesting trees in past years. The forest service recommends that anyone planning to cut their own tree be well prepared for severe weather and emergency situations, in addition to adhering to the map's location guidelines and advising friends and family of travel intentions.

Permits for trees in the Boise National Forest can be purchased at the following ranger districts and retail vendors:

Banks Store, Banks, (208) 793-2617

B & W Fuels, Emmett, (208) 365-2291

Cascade Ranger District, (208) 382-7400

East Cleveland Beverage, Caldwell, (208) 459-6442

Emmett Ranger District, (208) 462-3241

Garden Valley Chevron, Garden Valley, (208) 462-3869

Garden Valley Guard Station, (208) 462-3241

Idaho City Ranger District, (208) 392-6681

Interagency Visitor Information Center, (208) 373-4007

Lowman Ranger District, (208) 259-3361

Mountain Home Ranger District, (208) 587-7961

Stallions Saw Shop, Emmett, (208) 365-2955

Superior Rental, Cascade, (208) 382-5500

Permits for trees in the Payette National Forest can be purchased at the following ranger districts and retail vendors:

Council Ranger District, (208) 253-0100

Council Valley Market, Council, (208) 253-4421

Do It Best Hardware, Weiser, (208) 549-0424

Darper's Saw Shop, Ontario, (208) 889-6912

Farmer's Supply Co-op, Council, (208) 253-4266

McCall Ranger District, (208) 634-0400

New Meadows Ranger District, (208) 347-0300

Old Town Market, McCall, (208) 634-2016

Ridley's Food and Drug, Weiser, (208) 549-1332

Weiser Ranger District, (208) 549-4200

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