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  • U.S. Forest Service Announces Ginseng Permit Lottery for 2018

    The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests announced today that this year's ginseng harvest permits will be determined again by lottery with an application period from June 4 to July 20.

    A permit is required to collect wild ginseng in the two national forests during the designated harvest season. Those seeking a permit must call or visit a ranger district office and submit their name and address for the lottery between June 4 and July 20. Requests by email will not be accepted. Written notification will be mailed to successful applicants selected by lottery before August 17. District offices will start issuing permits to selected applicants August 27 with an effective date of September 1.

    Wild ginseng plants on the national forest are sustainably managed by the U.S.  Forest Service to meet the needs of present and future generations.

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