Huckleberry Picking Permits

Huckleberry season brings many visitors to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest where some of the best berry-picking is found in the Pacific Northwest.  Information is provided to increase your enjoyment and appreciation of the huckleberry fields on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  Please take a moment to learn about the rules, history and culture of berry picking.  

"Disappearing Lake" Update

As of May 9th, 2014, the “Disappearing Lake” (labeled South Prairie on Gifford Pinchot National Forest maps) is full of water and is accessible from the west but is not yet accessible from Trout Lake due to snow over the roads.

South Prairie a unique place that is a lake in the late winter and spring, but drains quickly to form an expansive dry meadow.  Read more

Taking Care of Little Sister

Edible Portland explores the Yakama Nation and their relationship to Wiwnu, the huckleberry, and the 1932 Handshake Agreement.

It's that Mushroom Time of Year

The rains have come and the mushrooms and mushroom pickers too! The Gifford Pinchot National Forest wants visitors to know that a mushroom permit is required for all individuals who are planning to pick mushrooms in the National Forest.

Holly Removal at the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District Housing

Today holly has invaded all the wooded areas, borders and flower beds in the housing area.  Many holly trees have been cut down in the past, but have resprouted to form multiple trunks, and grown to 4-5 inches around.

Eagle Scout Project at the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater

Eagle Scout Project Improves New Sign at the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater.

USFS Scientists Identify Key Fungal Species Related to White Nose Syndrome

US Forest Service Scientist identify key fungal species that  may help explain the mysteries of White Nose Sydrome.

Portland's Cleveland High School Students Visit Hemlock

A rare late-Winter break in rain provided a dry, although chilly, opportunity for students from Portland's Cleveland High School to tour the dam-removal and fisheries enhancement site at Wind River Work Center to learn about why the old Hemlock dam was razed and what else the Mt. Adams Ranger District is doing at the site. They also learned a lot about some of the processes associated with anadromous (ocean-going) fish and their ecosystems.  

Martha Creek Dam Removal

To read the Columbian coverage and watch video of the blasts click here.

Gifford Pinchot Youth Training Paramount

A wildflower-lined mountain road with pot-holes and check-dams made for a slow trip to the trail where the Vancouver NAACP Rites of Passage youth were at work on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. 

Enjoying the Forest on the 4th of July without Fireworks

The 4th of July holiday and the summer season is a great time to enjoy the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, including the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument but it is important to note that the use or possession of fireworks of any kind is prohibited on National Forest Lands

Help Mount Adams Institute Fill Peterson Prairie Cabin Void

The Mount Adams Institute (MAI) will raise money to move an existing historic building to replace the burned Peterson Prairie Cabin. The existing historic building is scheduled for demolition. Moving it onto the Peterson Prairie site would save the structure and fill the void.

The Mount Adams institute has set up a donation site on their website. Click here to watch the video

Jobs and Community Protection

This program created and maintained more than 4,500 jobs and improved the fire-resiliency of forestland near communities.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Awards First Biomass Sale

This sale consists of trees of insufficient quality for saw timber. In the past, dead trees were burned at costs up to $700 an acre. Instead, it is now sold as biomass.

Gifford Pinchot

Gifford Pinchot was the first Chief Forester of the US Forest Service.