Special Forest Products: Berries

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Current COVID-19 public safety measures are in place: 

  • Cowlitz Valley: (360) 497-1100; Walk up window service open for forest product permits only. Please wear a mask.
  • Mt. Adams: (509) 395-3402; Walk up window service for all sales, seven days a week 8 am-4:30 pm through Labor Day. Please wear a mask.
  • Mount St Helens: (360) 449-7800; Forest product permit payments are taken over the phone and permits are mailed same or next day.

Free Use Berry Permits

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To help maintain sustainable huckleberry populations, permits are now be required for everyone who plans to harvest huckleberries on the forest, including those who harvest for personal consumption.  Permits for personal use are free and are available online only at: https://apps.fs.usda.gov/gp

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  • 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.

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.  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.  

Removal of berries is also prohibited from Wilderness areas, the legislated Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Experimental Forest, Research Natural Areas and other areas that are administratively closed.  Consult the Special Forest Products map to see the areas where you may harvest berries.

More information on huckleberries.

Charge Use Permits

How many berries can I harvest?

A woman weighs berries on a scale at a huckleberry processing center

The limits on the amount of berries that you may harvest 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.

Where can I harvest berries?

Gathering berries is prohibited in some areas so check with the local district for these locations. 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 also prohibited in Wilderness areas, the legislated Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Experimental Forest, Research Natural Areas or other areas that are administratively closed.

When can I gather berries?

There 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 on the huckleberry season.

A free Special Forest Products Harvest Area map is available at the Ranger District offices. This map displays the areas where you may harvest berries.

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