The Flathead National Forest is located in the northwest corner of Montana.
Where is this Forest?

 

Forest Products Permits

What Are Special Forest Products?

Special forest products are non-timber goods that can be found in the forest such as mushroom, beargrass leaves, fern greens, pinecones, evergreen boughs and huckleberries. Because many of these items have a commercial value, they may be over-harvested if not managed. In order to protect these resources, yet make them available to the public, the Flathead National Forest has adopted collection limits for these products. The forest has developed a Special Forest Products Plan to assure sustainable harvest of these resources into the future.

Why do I need to pay a fee, or obtain a permit for certain products?

All plants on National Forest Service lands, from tiny lichens to the largest trees, belong to the American Public. Just as the Forest Service sells timber, harvesting plant materials that are of value must be purchased for a fair market value with the proceeds going to the U.S. Treasury. Permits are sometimes required to provide guidelines for appropriate collection, make collectors aware of any restrictions in collecting and to display the appropriate fee.

Special Forest Products on the Flathead National Forest

Listed below are the limits, fees and permit requirements for most products available. All limits and fees are for personal use only, and apply to one adult per calendar year. Gathering any product to be sold is considered commercial harvesting. Some of these products may be harvested in greater quantities for commercial use, however, different permits and fees are required. For more information about commercial harvesting, and more details on the limits and permit requirements for these and other products, contact one of the Flathead National Forest offices.

 

Personal
Use
Permit
Required
FOREST PRODUCT Fee
 

HUCKLEBERRIES

No permit or fee required up to 10 gallons.
Amounts greater than 10 gallons requires commercial use permit.

$0.00
Yes

FERN GREENS
(fiddleheads and leaves only)

Limit: 20 lbs. green weight. Free-use permit required which lists all species prohibited from collection.

$0.00
 

SEEDS, FRUITS AND BERRIES
(other than Huckleberries)

No fees, limits or permits required.

$0.00
 

BEARGRASS LEAVES
(no collection of flowering or seed heads allowed)

No permit or fees for up to 20 lbs. Amounts greater than 20 lbs. require commercial use permit.

$0.00
Yes

FIREWOOD

Permit required. $5 per cord, 4 cord minimum, 12 cord maximum.

$20.00
(minimum)

    Yes

MUSHROOMS

2016 Mushroom Guide (.pdf)

2015 Glacier Rim Fire Map
2015 Sheep Cr. & Granite Cr. Fire Map  
2015 Trail Cr. & Bear Cr. Fire Map
 

PERSONAL USE (recreational)

No permit is required for collecting up to 5 gallons of mushrooms per person, per season; excluding the 2015 Bear Creek, Trail Creek, Glacier Rim, Sheep and Granite burned areas.

1 gallon per day possession limit.

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A FREE-USE PERMIT is required for each person,

12 years and older, to collect between 5 and 20 gallons of mushrooms per season; excluding the 2015 Bear Creek, Trail Creek, Glacier Rim, Sheep and Granite burned areas.

5 gallons per day possession limit.

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A PERSONAL USE CHARGE PERMIT is required for each person, 12 years and older, to collect mushrooms within the 2015 Bear Creek and Trail Creek burned areas on the Spotted Bear Ranger District; and 2015 Glacier Rim, Sheep and Granite burned areas on the Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger District.

Fees for Personal Use Charge Permits:

1.) $20 for 20 gallons

2.) $40 for 40 gallons

3.) $60 for 60 gallons

Up to 3 permits/person/year - 60 gallon limit

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All mushrooms must be sliced lengthwise in half at the time of harvesting. Resale of mushrooms is prohibited. Permits are available at any Flathead National Forest office.

$20.00
(minimum)

 

Yes  

 

 

Yes

 

 

TRANSPLANTS - TREES
No permit required for up to 5 trees. Free Personal Use Permit required to collect 5-20 trees(No Cedar or Pacific Yew).

TRANSPLANTS - SHRUBS, FORDS, FERNS and GRASSES
Free Use Permit required: Up to 20 plants total. Free-use permit lists all species prohibited from collection.

$0.00

Yes

R00TS, BULBS AND HERBS

Permit required for any collecting.

$0.00
Yes

CHRISTMAS TREES

Limit: 2 trees per household.

$5.00 ea.
Yes

MOSSES AND LICHENS

Limit: 1 lb. dry weight. Free-use permit required which lists all species prohibited from collection.

$0.00
 

EVERGREEN BOUGHS

No permit or fee required for up to 100 lbs. green weight (except for Pacific Yew which has a 50lb. limit). Amounts greater than 100 lbs. ( or 50 lbs. for Pacific Yew) requires a commercial-use permit.

$0.00
Yes

NATIVE PLANTS CUTTINGS

No fee, but free-use permits with quantity limits are required for certain species. Check with your local Forest Service office.

$0.00
Yes

ROCK LANDSCAPING

Minerals permit required for up to 4 tons/year maximum. Use of hand tools only for loose rock.

$0.00