Forest Product Permits Available
Forest Product Permits
The San Juan NF offers permits to collect a wide variety of natural products—corral and tipi poles, firewood, fence stays, walking sticks, Christmas trees, boughs, pine cones, medicinal plants, berries, mush-rooms, transplants, native plant seeds, basket-making materials, and decorative plants.
To keep track of and disperse the impacts of demand for such products, permits are issued with guidelines to help ensure those gathering the forest’s bounty don’t impact its beauty or ability to offer those products into the future.
The permitting process allows the USFS to prevent overharvest in certain areas, provide guidance on sus-tainable practices, and offer tips on the best places to collect certain products.
Incidental amounts of forest products, such as berries or mushrooms, may be collected for personal use with-out a permit. Commercial permits are needed to collect larger products for resale purposes. A permit is also needed when activity involves the killing of a plant or tree. Prices vary, depending on quantity and product.
“We do our best to accommodate requests,” says Forester Beth Vance. “We just ask folks to follow the rules so they don’t damage the forest in the process.” – Ann Bond