Forest Products Permits

An oyster mushroomForest Products are products or natural resources that are not the traditional timber and fiber products. Examples include such products as firewood, floral greenery, Christmas trees and boughs, mushrooms, transplants (trees, shrubs or herbaceous plants), cones, medicinal plants, cuttings, herbs, nuts, berries, decorative wood, and pitch.

Definitions and Examples of Special Forest Products

Permits

Permits must be obtained for the collection of many forest products For most products, personal use permits are free. For other products, or for commercial use, a fee is charged. Failure to have a permit may result in a fine.

For most products, there are regulations covering when, how, and where collection is allowed. The intent of these regulations is to ensure continued availability and sustainability of our country’s forest resources.

Information Needed to Obtain Your Permit

  • You must be 18 years of age and have a valid photo identification (state drivers license, state id, passport, green card, etc.)
  • Information about the vehicle that will be used to harvest the product (license number, year, make, model, color)
  • Your current address

When and Where to Buy a Permit

Please call ahead to check for the availability of the product you wish to harvest. Harvest may be restricted by quantity, method, location, season or time of year. Permits must be obtained in person at the ranger station in the district you will be collecting. Once you apply for the permit you will receive a map of sites you are allowed to collect in with collection rules and regulations.

Do Your Part

  • Tred lightly while searching for forest products
  • Harvest products in a caring and ecologically sound way
  • Follow the terms and conditions on your permit
  • Keep safety and potential hazards in mind when parking your vehicle or harvesting products
  • Harvesting is prohibited in Botanical Areas, Research Natural Areas, Scenic Areas, and Wilderness Areas
  • Please only harvest plants that are on the list of plants. Harvesting rare, threatened, or endangered plants is ILLEGAL.

Features

Mushroom Harvesting

A pile of chanterelle mushrooms

Hikers, campers and other visitors to the forest may collect up to one gallon of mushrooms per person per day without a permit. For quantities over one gallon a permit is required. Different terms and conditions apply to personal use and commercial use permits. Permits can be obtained from the ranger district office where you plan to harvest.


Firewood Permits

Stack of logs

When firewood is available, a firewood permit is required for gathering firewood for personal and commercial use on the Willamette National Forest. Availability and procedures for collecting vary by Ranger District.