Forest Greenery - Salal Permits


Forest Greenery image of salal leaves and a bundle of salal. Photo by US Forest Service.

The foliage of many native plants and shrubs are popular with both the home gardener and the floral industry. Commonly harvested species include: Evergreen huckleberry, salal (also known as “lemon-leaf”), ferns and moss. Their colorful vegetation, bright flowers, and pleasing shapes make them ideal for accenting floral arrangements or transplanting to home landscapes.

Currently, Free Use permits for personal use are available for salal, Evergreen huckleberry, Oregon grape and sword fern on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Salal (Gaultheria shallon) is the only greenery for which Charge Use permits are available.

For more information about forest greenery and salal, check with the local Ranger District to plan your visit.


Printable Forest Greenery - Salal Fact Sheet


Free Use Permits Required

Greenery harvested under a Free Use Permit is intended for personal use and is not to be sold or traded. This permit will allow you to gather up to 5 pounds of greenery per household per year. Harvest within 50 feet of the edge of the road. Obtain a permit issued by the Forest Service at your local Ranger District offices.


Charge Use Permits Required

A Charge Use Permit is required to harvest of more than 5 lbs. per year per household or for individuals intending to sell the salal. Permit holders must adhere to the terms and conditions of the permit, which may vary slightly from the information contained here. The Charge Use Product Summary Table shows the price of the permit as well as the limit on amounts of cuttings you may harvest with the permit. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to obtain a permit and may purchase one at any of the local Ranger District offices.

  • 10 day = 1,000 lb = $50
  • 20 day = 1,600 lb = $80
  • 30 day = 2,400 lb = $120


Do Your Part

If you pack it in, pack it out. Please remove all trash!
  • Do your part and respect the Forest by leaving it clean and free of trash.  For more information on how you can help, read the following information about practicing Leave No Trace principles
  • Follow all permit conditions.
  • Follow general rules and regulations for use of National Forest Systems lands, which are available at Ranger District offices.
  • Proper gathering techniques of Special Forest Products to ensure future availability.
  • It is ILLEGAL to harvest rare, threatened, or endangered plants.