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Passes & Permits - Forest Products

Permits are required for all commercial and certain individual activities that occur on the Forest.  A list of the more common personal use permits are listed below.  For further information or clarification on whether your activity falls under personal use or commercial use please contact your local forest service office.

 

Edible Material

Berry Picking

No permit is required for recreational berry picking.

Mushroom Permits

Dependant upon the year - Free Use and/or Commercial Use mushroom harvesting permits may be offered by the Forest.  The mushroom season will vary somewhat with local weather and site conditions.

For the 2018 season the Forest will be offering Personal-Free-Use mushroom permits beginning April 25, 2018. Permits will be available at all Bitterroot National Forest offices. 

No permit is required for Incidental Use harvesting, up to five gallons per season (approximately 2 grocery bags).

See the link(s) below for this years information.

 

Ornamental Permits - Incidental Free Use

Dry Cones

10 bushels or less.

Christmas Boughs

Less than 500 lbs. - about a pick-up load.

Forest Greens (florals)

Products such as snowberry, willows, dogwood, and beargrass.  The approval of the Forest Botanist is required prior to permit issuance.

Limbs

Less than 1000 lbs., about a pick-up load.  Usually the request is for decorative uses such as landscape projects, furniture, railings, and walking sticks. If near a stream, the forest Hydrologist or Fisheries Biologist needs to approve of prior to issuance.

 

Plant Permits - Incidental Free Use

Transplants (seedlings and shrubs)

Must be less than 2' in height and limited to 10 per permit.  Seedlings cannot be removed from plantation stands unless approval is given by District personnel.  Additionally seedlings cannot be removed from recreation areas (campgrounds, picnic areas, or trailheads), riparian areas or from within areas that have been rehabilitated due to fire.

 

Mineral Permits

Upper Burnt Fork Decorative Stone Community Collecting Area

This rock collecting area, located up Burnt Creek Road pass Gold Creek Campground on the Stevensville Ranger District, is generally open from April 1 through October 30 depending upon snow and road conditions.  Material from this area is hard quartzite and its appearance is angular medium dark gray rock with moss.  The size of the rock varies from 6" to 4'.  Typical use of this rock is for landscaping, rock fence and fireplace. There is a minimum of 1 ton with a maximum of 10 tons per individual per year.  There is no charge for the permit.  Permits are available at the Stevensville Ranger District and Darby Ranger District.

Railroad Creek Community Rock Source

This rock collecting area, located 1 mile up Railroad Creek on the Darby Ranger District, is generally open from April 1 through October 30 depending upon snow and road conditions.  Material from this area is hard quartzite and its appearance is angular medium dark gray rock with moss.  The size of the rock varies from 6" to 4'.  Typical use of this rock is for landscaping, rock fence and fireplace. There is a minimum 1 ton with a maximum of 10 tons per individual per year.  There is no charge for the permit.  Permits are available at the Stevensville Ranger District, Darby Ranger District and the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor's Office.  For more information click here.

 

Woody Material

Firewood Permits

Firewood permits are for personal use only.  Permits are $5.00 per cord (with a minimum purchase of 4 cords for $20) and a maximum of 12 cords allowed per household per year.  Firewood permits are available year-round with a new permit season starting April 1st of each year.  More

Post and Pole Cutting Permits

Post and Pole permits are for personal use only.  Currently there are three post and pole areas on the forest; Ambrose area on the Stevensville Ranger District and the Mine Road and 75 Road area's on the Darby Ranger District.  Only live lodgepole pine trees less than 6 inches in diameter at 4 1/2 feet from the ground level may be cut.  Interested individuals are encouraged to view the areas first before purchasing a permit.  Permits are non-refundable and available only at the Stevensville or Darby Ranger Districts.  Permits are available June 15th thru September 30th.

Christmas Tree Permits

Christmas Tree permits are seasonal and available beginning in November.  Permits are $5 per tree and are limited to 3 per household.  Permits are available at all Bitterroot National Forest offices.  More





https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/bitterroot/passes-permits/?cid=stelprdb5289432