Collecting Cones for Cash

Release Date: Sep 9, 2022

Contact(s): Chelsea Kallery

Cone collectors can sell their wares to help planting efforts

Gladstone, MI (September 9, 2022)—The Hiawatha National Forest is accepting cones that have been collected from the Upper Peninsula for purchase beginning October 1, 2022, and ending January 1, 2023, or when bushel goals have been met. Species that will be purchased are white pine at $60 per bushel, red pine at $100 per bushel, and hemlock at $200 per bushel. Seeds collected from these cones will be used in replanting efforts on the forest.

Cone collection can occur on Hiawatha National Forest lands. Maps of specific locations will not be provided. Collecting cones by cutting down trees or pruning branching is illegal on the Hiawatha National Forest.

Collectors may earn up to $2499 per fiscal year (October 1-September 30). Payment is via direct deposit, and collectors are required to be registered through the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to receive payment. For more information, visit

Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is no longer in use. If you were previously registered there, you will need to migrate your account to the System for Award Management. For assistance, call the Help Desk at 866-606-8220 or review the quick guide online at

Lands under other jurisdictions, including state, county, and private lands, follow differing regulations and may require permission or permits. It is the responsibility of the collector to obtain necessary permissions. Collectors will need to identify the location where the cones were found, so keeping cones from varying locations in separate bags is highly recommended.

Please contact the following individuals with questions or to schedule a drop-off.

  • St. Ignace Ranger District- Josh LeDuc,, (906) 643-7900
  • Munising Ranger District- Jake Attebery,, (906) 387-2512x1024
  • Rapid River Ranger District- James Kelling,, (906) 474-6442 x 2130