In an effort to maintain a sustainable amount of salal for future harvests, to reduce confusion about boundary areas, and to improve public safety, several changes were introduced to the salal permit program in the past year. At least one piece of high-visibility clothing is highly recommended while harvesting salal. Permit holders will be limited to no more than 200 hands per day in possession. Harvest unit boundaries are now clearly defined by roads or recognizable land features and a map of the harvest areas will be distributed with the sale of each permit.
Permits will be issued from the Forks, Quinault, and Quilcene offices during business hours on the following dates:
- September 5, 2012
- November 7, 2012
- January 9, 2013
- March 6, 2013
A lottery system will be used if the demand for permits exceeds the supply. Each permit will cost $150 and can be used for up to two months. A valid United States picture identification will be required at the time of purchase and those buying the permits must be at least 18 years of age. Cash or checks will be accepted, but no credit cards or debit cards will be accepted.
For additional information about salal permit sales, please contact Chris Dowling at 360-956-2272. For general information about Olympic National Forest, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/olympic.