Mushroom gathering, berry picking, firewood cutting, and Christmas tree hunting are all very popular activities on Mt Hood. However, permits are required.
Some “Special Forest Products” may be consumed or used while on the Mt. Hood National Forest without a permit. For example, you can eat small amounts of berries or mushrooms while in the forest, or you can use a small amount of firewood (only down wood) for a campfire while camping, all without a special forest products permit (any firewood left after camping must remain on forest). In general, it is not legal to transport or take special forest products off of the Mt. Hood National Forest without a valid permit. Click on any of the ‘forest products’ categories below for more information.
In order to obtain a forest product permit, you must first complete the Special Request process. You can get started on this process by visiting any of our district offices. There are a few products that don't require you to go through the requesting process:
Christmas Trees under 12 feet
Forest Greens (Salal & Fern)
You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a permit. The minimum charge for permits is $20.00 and other restrictions may apply.
Mt. Hood National Forest is a great place to gather mushrooms for personal use and commercial harvest. See the maps below that indicate where mushroom gathering is acceptable. Click on one of the four district maps and you can print a map from home.