Sisters RD: New pine cone picker permits; season opens May 1

A gray bird with black wingtips and beak perches on a branch covered in pine cones.

SISTERS, Ore.April 30, 2018 – The dry pine cone permit season opens May 1, 2018 on Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest. In response to recent demand, the district is implementing several changes to the permit process this year to better meet the needs of the forest, forest product collectors, and the public.

Effective May 1, the forest will offer two types of permits for dry pine cone collectors:

A 10-day permit for $20 with no limit on the number of bushels picked within that time, with a maximum of six permits per person, per season.

A 60-day permit for $100 with no limit on the number of bushels picked, limited to one permit per person, per season.

Additionally, the Sisters Ranger District will not manage contract areas for dry pine cones; all collection will be managed using permits, which means there will be no cone contract area restrictions.

The Sisters Ranger District will still provide staging areas, industrial camping permits and help with haul route locations as needed through the end of the spring pine cone picking season, June 30, 2018.

For more information, contact Jeremy Fields, Special Forest Products Officer, at (541) 549-7659.

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