2015 permit process for wild ginseng harvests in the Chattahoochee National Forest:
40 permits may be issued for the Blue Ridge Ranger District and 2 permits may be issued for the Conasauga Ranger District (see Ranger Districts map).
Permits will be issued through a lottery system, with entries randomly selected. Lottery entries can be made by calling or visiting the issuing district office before July 31. Lottery entries may be made at both district offices (district office contact information).
A permit allows the harvest of 1/2 wet pound of wild ginseng in the ranger district where the permit is issued.
Permits are $20 each.
Harvesting is allowed September 1-14 only, and is prohibited in certain areas.