Update: Illegally cut Idaho Capitol Christmas Tree gets its approval


Idaho’s State Capitol Christmas Tree now has all its permits.

Earlier this month, BoiseDev told readers how the large blue spruce was cut down illegally. The State of Idaho asked a homeowner in the Harrison Blvd Historic District if they could remove a tree on the property and use it for this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree.

The homeowner gladly agreed, but no one sought proper permission from the City of Boise. City code requires approval for a number of projects in historic districts – including removing a tree.

The State of Idaho has since filed a Certificate of Appropriateness on behalf of the homeowner, in which they say the tree “has overgrown the space, and is posing a damage risk to the building. The tree will be moved to the State Capitol Building to be used for the 2021 Capitol Holiday Tree.” The tree, of course, had been moved before the permit was filed.

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Photo: Via City of Boise public filing

The state provided pictures of the tree prior to it being removed. And while the documents were filed after the fact, a certified arborist reviewed the photos, agreed that the tree was a hazard, and Boise accepted the application. The homeowner also had to pay $68 in fees.

When BoiseDev first reported on the illegal tree, the state told BoiseDev it was not aware of any city requirements and was working to complete the needed documents. Now that that has happened, all parties involved can rest easy knowing our 2021 Capitol Christmas Tree is lawful.

Gretchen Parsons - BoiseDev Managing Editor
Gretchen Parsons - BoiseDev Managing Editor
Gretchen Parsons is BoiseDev's managing editor. Contact her at [email protected].

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