There may still be some candy in the Halloween bucket and more than a few Idahoans may still be nursing their election night hangovers, but officials at the Boise and Payette national forests are already thinking about Christmas
. Vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Saturday, Nov. 22, with permits available at forest district offices and the Interagency Visitor's Information Center on South Vinnell Way in Boise on Monday, Nov. 24.
Each permit, for a cost of $10, allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits to a family. The maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet.
If a heavy snowfall occurs in Southwest Idaho during tree harvest season, which runs all the way to Christmas Eve, some forest roads may become a safety concern and will be closed to early Christmas tree gathering. Forest roads are not plowed. Updates are available at fs.usda.gov