Permits With A Fee

Please purchase a permit when harvesting more forest products than permitted under a Free Use Permit.  

The type of permit needed depends on the product and the amount of product gathered. You will need to purchase one of two permits: 

Charge Use Permit

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest issues 'Charge Use' permits for the products in the Charge Use Product Summary Table. Check with the local Gifford Pinchot National Forest Office for the availability of the product. Some products are not available on every Ranger District.

There are several requirements associated with Charge Use Permits:

Personal Requirements:

  • You must pick up your permit in person from any Gifford Pinchot National Forest Office. The Forest does not issue permits over the web, by telephone, by email or by fax.
  • You must be at least 18 years old in order to get a permit. 
  • Permits are issued to individuals, so each person gathering a product must have a permit.
  • You must have the permit in your immediate possession while gathering and transporting your forest product.

Permit Basics:

  •  Required when quantity or value of product gathered exceeds the amount allowed under Free Use.
  • The total value of all permits issued to a person cannot exceed $300 per year.  
  • Additional limits to quantity of products may also apply.
  • You must leave your work site and any campsites in a clean and sanitary condition. Please follow the principles of Leave No Trace.
  • The time that you have to harvest a product varies by district; inquire at your nearest Gifford Pinchot National Forest Office.

Can I sell Product gathered with a Charge Use Permit?

  • You may sell products gathered with a charge use permit however, not every product is available with a Charge Use permit. Only relatively small amounts of product are offered under the Charge Use permit.  In addition, a few products are available with a Commercial Use Permit, which offers the opportunity to harvest larger quantities of product.

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Commercial Use Permit

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest issues 'Commercial Use' permits for the product in the Commercial Use Product Summary Table. Check with the local Gifford Pinchot National Forest Office for the availability of the product. Additional products are sometimes available under Commercial Use Permits, and some products are not available on all Ranger Districts.

Commercial Use Permits have several Requirements:

Personal Requirements:

  • You must pick up your permit in person from any Gifford Pinchot National Forest Office. The Forest does not issue permits over the web, by telephone, by email or by fax.
  • You must be at least 18 years old in order to get a permit. 
  • Permits are issued to individuals, so each person gathering a product must have a permit.
  • You must have the permit in your immediate possession while gathering and transporting your forest product.
     

Permit Basics:

  • Commercial permits have limits on the number of days a permit is valid. 
  • Limits on the amount gathered.
  • The total value of all permits issued to a person cannot exceed $300 per year.
  • You must leave your work site and any campsites in a clean and sanitary condition. Please follow the principles of Leave No Trace.
  • Commercial Use Permits allow individuals to sell the products to others.

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