Many individuals are interested in collecting a number of the natural products on the national forests. All collections require a permit from the District Ranger, who is responsible for setting the appropriate restrictions on both the quantity and the location of collections.
On the Forest, only limited products are permitted to be harvested. The Forest Service collects fees for the issuing of permits to harvest these natural resources. To obtain a permit, individuals and helpers will be required to provide official identification.
The following special forest products require a permit for private or commercial harvesting:
Turkey Oak tips
Crooked wood or Dragon wood
Dead and Down
Examples of harvesting restrictions include:
Firewood may be harvested only in designated areas that have been evaluated for their relative abundance and impact on wildlife.
Crooked wood (lyonia ferruginea) and deer moss may only be harvested from areas scheduled for regeneration.