Collecting Native Plants on the Deschutes National Forest
Many people are discovering Central Oregon’s native plants and bringing them home into their landscapes. With this increase in popularity, comes the risk of harming plant communities and the many wildlife species that depend on them. Please follow the permit conditions to protect plant populations and minimize negative impacts to the ecosystems in your National Forest.
Native Plant Species
Check out the lists below for popular native plant species in Central Oregon. Only the plants listed in our "Collecting Native Plants" brochure are allowed for collection on the Deschutes National Forest.
Baltic Rush Juncus balticus
Davidson’s Penstemon Penstemon davidsonii
Douglas Dustymaiden Chaenactis douglasii
Haplopappus / Rabbitbrush Ericameria bloomer
Least Lupine Lupinus lepidus
Lewis Flax Linum lewisii
Lowly Penstemon Penstemon humilis
Oregon Sunshine Eriophyllum lanatum
Pussytoes Antennario rosea
Ross’ Sedge Carex rossii
Scarlet Gilia Ipomopsis aggregate
Showy Penstemon Penstemon speciosus
Shrubby Penstemon Penstemon fruiticosus
Strawberry Fragaria virginiana
Sulphur-Flower / Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum
Wooley Groundsel Packer cana
Yarrow Achillea millefolium
Basin Wildrye Leymus cinereus
Bluebunch Wheatgrass Pseudoroegneria spicata
California Brome Bromus carinatus
Idaho Fescue Festuca idahoensis
Indian Ricegrass Acnatherum hymenoides
Prairie Junegrass Koeleria macrantha
Squirreltail Elymus elymoides
Big Sagebrush Artemisia tridentata
Bitterbrush Purshia tridentata
Chokecherry Prunus virginiana
Desert Sweet Chamaebatiaria millefolium
Golden Currant Ribes aureum
Green Rabbitbrush Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus
Greenleaf Manzanita Arctostaphylos patula
Mallow Ninebark Physocarpus malvaceus
Mock Orange Philadelphus lewisii
Mountain Mahogany Cercocarpus ledifolius
Pinemat Manzanita Arctostaphylos nevadensis
Prostrate Ceanothus Ceanothus prostrates
Red-Osier Dogwood Cornus sericea
Rock Spirea Holodiscus dumosus
Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus
Snowbrush Ceanothus velutinus
Twinberry Honeysuckle Lonicera involucrate
Wax Current Ribes cereum
White Spirea Spiraea betulifolio
Wood’s Rose Rosa woodsii
Native plant collection permits can be obtained at local Forest Service offices. Most Forest Service offices are operating through virtual or limited services. Please call ahead to verify if the office you're interested in visiting is open and issuing permits.
- Permits are required to collect native plants. There are three types of permits available: free use, personal use and commerical use.
- Free-Use Permits authorize collection of 16 plants, 4 of which can be trees for free. Material collected using a free-use permit cannot be resold or bartered. Permits are valid for three months.
- Personal-Use Permits authorize the colelction of larger amounts of plants for a $20 minimum charge. Quantities will be detailed on your permit.
- Commercial-Use Permits authorize businesses to collect plants for resale.
- Only the plants listed in our "Collecting Native Plants" brochure are allowed for collection. The brochure is required to be present while collecting plants.
- Follow the "1 in 20" rule. Colelct only one plant for every 20 plants of that species in an area. If there aren't 20 plants present, find a new location.
- Tree seedlings need to be less than 4 feet in height and shrubs need to be less than 2 feet in height for transplanting.
- Keep your vehicle on established roads. The current Motor Vehicle Use Maps must be followed. These maps are available to be downloaded for free here. These maps can also be downloaded onto your electronic devices with the PDF Maps app available from Avenza.com.
- Collect out of sight from trails. Fill in holes. Restore your collection area so it appears undisturbed.
- The collection of native plants is prohibited in the following locations:
- Newberry National Volcanic Monument
- Recreation areas
- Wilderness areas & Wilderness study areas
- Wild and Scenic River corridors
- Research natural areas
- Tree plantations
- Experimental forests
- River canyons, rimrock, and cliff features
- Fenced exclosures that are part of restoration projects
- Within 300 feet of lakes, stream and other wetlands
- Within 100 feet of springs, wet meadows, floodplains, paved and gravel roads
- All species of the following plants are protected under Oregon State Law and are prohibited from collection: lilies – including camas, mariposa lilies, fawn lilies, 3 and 6 petal lilies; orchids – including lady slippers, bitterroot and primroses. All Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive Species are prohibited from collection.
- Aspen is not available for collection.
- Plants obtained under this free use program cannot be sold or exchanged (36 CFR 261.6(f)).
- Know Before You Go and be sure to check for any current fire restrictions.
Best Management/Harvest Practices
Please follow practices to protect native plants and mushroom populations and minimize negative impacts to the ecosystems in your National Forest.