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Special Forest Products on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest


Welcome to the Gifford Pinchot National
Forest. As a special forest product harvester here are some key points to
remember on your next visit. Knowing the types of permits offered and
most importantly what they allow you to do; where you can and cannot collect
special forest products; understanding sustainable harvesting procedures, which
means ensuring forest products continue to grow. The importance of being prepared
for weather and adverse road conditions and the rules and guidelines on the
National Forest that need to be followed. Things that will ensure that the special
forest products program in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will continue. In the National Forest a permit is
required to remove all types of special forest products for commercial use the
general types of special forest product permits in the Gifford Pinchot National
Forest include: Free use. These permits are free of charge and good for collection of a limited quantity of special forest products for a short
period of time. Examples of products that can be
collected with free use permits are mushrooms and huckleberries. Charge use: which means the permits are sold to individuals who then can sell the
products to others or use them for their own personal use. To get a special forest
product permit you will need to go to a Forest Service office or vendors such as
a local store with your valid state or federal identification. If you have any
questions ask the forest service representative issuing the permit. Anyone
involved in harvest or transport of a forest product needs a permit.
An exception to this is incidental use like collecting berries for your breakfast
while you’re camping in the National Forest. In order to be in compliance with
your special forest product permit you need to understand and follow all
conditions specified on your permit. These conditions can include number of
days the permit is valid, the amount of product you can harvest, specific areas that are open or closed to
harvest, and special conditions specific to the individual forest products
species you’re harvesting. What does it mean to responsibly harvest
special forest products? Simply put it means any person collecting on public
land is expected to exercise reasonable care and protecting resources from
damage. Some things you can do include harvest only what you need personally or
what your permit allows, don’t disturb or compact soils where you are working,
leave the area as you found it, please do not break the stems of bushes
or trees that will be left behind, and don’t strip the leaves of berry bushes.
spread the impacts of your harvest out and leave some behind for wildlife, do
not drive off roads create ruts or leave trash behind, and remember if you bring
it in pack it out! Much of the 1.3 million acre Gifford Pinchot National
Forest is available for special forest products harvest. However as a permit holder you need to
be aware of areas that are off-limits for harvesting.
Some examples of areas that are off-limits include wilderness areas, the national volcanic monument, Wind
River experimental forest, and any signed areas that designate no picking or
harvesting- such as the area reserved for tribal harvest. In order to be sure where
you can harvest use maps, obey signs, and ask Forest Service employees if you have
any questions. For anyone who visits the Gifford Pinchot National Forest there are rules you need to follow while
you’re there. These include a 14-day camping limit in
one area, the removal of your trash, proper disposal of human waste, and
following fire prevention guidelines for campfires and smoking. The Gifford
Pinchot National Forest has a brochure about dispersed camping that outlines
these requirements. Whether you’re hiking, driving, or camping
in the forest you should be prepared for changes in
weather and road conditions. Rain, snow, and freezing temperatures are possible
year-round in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Having the appropriate
rain gear and warm clothes along with adequate food and water adds to your
personal safety. In the forest, you may be asked to present your special
forest product permit, so have available for inspection. Remember: you are responsible for
following the requirements of the permit and all other applicable laws and
regulations. Violations of the terms of the permit or illegal collection of
products may result in the forfeiture of all collected products; termination of
the permit; and the possibility of criminal prosecution or fine. With these
key points and your cooperation we hope that you will have a safe and
rewarding visit to your national forest. All of us are responsible for
maintaining a sustainable harvest so that the bounty of the Gifford Pinchot
National Forest will be there for future generations to enjoy.

One Comment

  1. Mattias Author

    You do realize everyone who views this video are the people who respect the wilderness and are not going about violating the rules stated in this video, therefore nullifying it right?

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