Mushrooms | Salal | Firewood | Wild Berries | Christmas Trees
What are Special Forest Products?
Non-timber forest products, also referred to as “special forest products” (SFP), include foods such as plants, wild edible mushrooms, fruits and nuts; medicinal plants and fungi; floral greenery and horticultural stock; fiber, oil resins, and other chemical extracts from plants, lichens, and fungi; as well as fuelwood and small diameter wood used for poles, posts, and carvings. Special forest products are an important part of local and regional economies in the Pacific Northwest and many SFP products hold significant cultural value which represents a long history of ecological knowledge and local use.
National forest lands serve as vital source of special forest products that we actively manage in order to sustain. Permits are often required to gather these products for either commercial or personal use.
Obtaining a permit: Personal and Commercial Use permits are required in order to gather many special forest products. Permits may require a fee payment and must be obtained from Forest Service offices. Availability may vary by season and district office.
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Commercial use permit: A permit is required for commercial picking of mushrooms on national forest land. Prices are: $50.00 for 14 days, $80.00 for 30 days, or $120.00 for a calendar year permit. A Commercial Use Permit is required for any individual intending to sell the mushrooms, or harvesting more than the daily three (3) gallon multiple species limit. Make an appointment to buy a permit at your nearest Forest Service district office.
Personal use: No permit is required for incidental gathering of mushrooms for personal use. For a single species, the daily limit for personal use is one (1) gallon. For multiple species, the daily limit is three (3) species, (1) gallon each. Harvested chanterelle mushrooms must have a cap diameter of one inch or greater.
Forest Greenery - Salal
Many native plants and shrubs are popular with both the home gardener and the floral industry. Check with the nearest Forest Service district office to learn more about forest greenery permits.
Commercial permit - Salal: Salal is the only greenery for which commercial use permits are available.
Personal use: Salal, huckleberry, Oregon grape, rhododendrons, and sword fern are among the native plants that may be harvested for personal use with a permit. The permit is free.
Personal Use Firewood Permits
All ranger district offices sell firewood permits during business hours. You may also mail in requests for firewood permits using our mail in request form. Please review the permit requirements.
*Firewood permits are subject to firewood availability.
At Olympic National Forest, berry picking season begins in July and extends through September. There are many different wild berries growing on the Forest.
Commercial Use Permits: Commercial use permits are not available for wild berries.
Personal Use: Personal use is free and permissible.
Christmas Tree Permits
Forest Service Christmas Tree permits go on sale in mid-November. Permits are $5.00 each and are good for one U-cut tree on the Olympic National Forest. Permits may be purchased at any Olympic National Forest office. Credit cards are now accepted as well as cash and checks.
Permits can also be purchased through the mail with this Christmas Tree- Mail Order Form (PDF). Please mail check for $5 for each tree permit, payable to Forest Service, to the district office for the area where you plan to cut your tree. See office locations/hours.