Special Forest Products: Berries

Click for info on berry harvestingTo help maintain sustainable huckleberry populations, permits are required for everyone who plans to harvest huckleberries and remove them from the forest, including those who harvest for personal consumption. 

An area in the Sawtooth Berry Fields was reserved in 1932 by a handshake agreement between Yakama Indian Chief William Yallup and Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor J.R. Bruckart for use by American Indians. Please pay close attention to signs indicating areas reserved for use by American Indians. By doing so, you are respecting the culture of another people. 

Harvest of berries is prohibited in Wilderness areas, the legislated Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Experimental Forest, Research Natural Areas or other areas that are administratively closed. A free Special Forest Products Harvest Area map is available online and at Ranger District offices. This map displays the areas where you may harvest berries.

Check with your local Ranger District office for additional information. 

More information about huckleberries.

Free Use Berry Permits

Permits for personal use are free and are only available online. Get a Free Use Permit online for gathering berries**ALERT: The online permit system is not compatible with Internet Explorer. 

  • A person may pick up to one gallon of berries per day, and up to three gallons of berries per year with a free use permit.
  • Free use berries may not be sold or bartered.  
  • Free use permits are available year round, but expire at the end of each calendar year.
  • Print your permit; take it with you while you harvest; and enter on the permit the quantity of berries you harvest. 
  • More information is at the free use permit Frequently Asked Questions

If you wish to sell berries or products made from berries, or collect more than three gallons of berries in a year, you need a Charge Use (commercial) Permit.

Charge Use/Commercial Berry Permits

A woman weighs berries on a scale at a huckleberry processing centerThere is a set season for the commercial harvest of huckleberries. The season for the commercial harvest of Huckleberries begins on the second Monday in August. Check with your local Ranger District office for other information related to the huckleberry season. More information on huckleberries.

How many berries can I harvest with a Charge Use permit?

The limits on the amount of berries that you may harvest with a Charge Use permit are displayed in the Charge Use Permit Product Summary Table.

How much does a permit cost?

The cost a permit to harvest berries is shown in the Charge Use Permit Product Summary Table.