A person wishing to harvest huckleberries for personal use is allowed three gallons of huckleberries free of charge per year and no permit is required. If larger quantities are wanted, or if a person plans to sell berries or berry products, such as jams or fruit-leather or other commercial items, a Commercial Special Forest Products Permit is required and available at your local Ranger District or Monument Headquarters.
The following regulations apply to commercial huckleberry permits:
- Under Washington State law, commercial buyers and sellers of huckleberries must register their sales transactions.
- Commercial permits will be priced at $40 per permit for 14 days, or $75 for a season.
- Commercial permits will be issued starting August 11, 2014.
- All commercial huckleberry permits include camping conditions that require all garbage and human waste to be contained and removed from National Forest land.
- A maximum of 14-days camping per site is allowed.
- Rakes or mechanical devices for berry harvest are not permitted, as they may damage plants.
- A map issued with permits will show areas opened to commercial harvest.
- Violation of any regulation for commercial harvest is subject to a citation and fine.
The "Handshake Agreement" in 1932 between Yakama Indian Chief William Yallup and Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor J.R. Bruckart designated an area within the Sawtooth Berry Fields for the “exclusive use of Indians during the huckleberry season” in order to gather their traditional food. The public is asked to respect this agreement by paying attention to signs indicating which areas are reserved for use by tribal members.
For the safety of all Forest users, berry harvesters are asked not to park vehicles in main travel ways and to carry a survival kit. Remember, parking in some developed sites requires a Northwest Forest Pass. Be cautious with campfires and cigarettes while in the Forest during the huckleberry season.
For more details, visit the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Passes and Permits page at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/giffordpinchot/passes-permits.