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Olympic NF salal permit sales announced, next is Sept. 5

Spruce tree trunks tower above a low layer of salal leaves, fringed by grasslike sedgeplants.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Aug. 16, 2018 – Permit sales for harvesting salal on the Olympic National Forest are next scheduled for Sept. 5, 2018 at the Forks, Quinault, and Quilcene ranger district offices during regular business hours.

Salal (Gaultheria shallon) is an understory shrub commonly used in the floral industry. It grows in dense thickets throughout western Washington and Oregon.

A total of one-hundred permits will be issued with a maximum of fifteen permits for each harvest unit:

  • Sixty permits will be offered from the Quilcene office for harvest areas located within Mason County and the east side of Clallam and Jefferson Counties.
  • Twenty-five permits will be offered from Forks for the west-side of Clallam County.
  • Fifteen permits will be offered from Lake Quinault for harvest areas within Grays Harbor County and the west side of Jefferson County.

A lottery system will be used if the demand for permits exceeds the supply.

Each permit costs $150 and can be used for up to two months. A valid U.S. Federal or State picture identification will be required at the time of purchase, and those buying the permits must be at least 18 years of age.

Permit fees must be paid via cash or check (no credit cards or debit cards).

At least one piece of high-visibility clothing is highly recommended while harvesting salal. Permit holders will be limited to having no more than 200 pounds per day in their possession.

Harvest unit boundaries are defined by roads or recognizable land features and a map of the harvest areas will be distributed with the sale of each permit.

Future salal permit sales are scheduled for November 7, 2018, January 9, 2019 and March 13, 2019.

For additional information about salal permit sales on the Olympic National Forest, call (360) 765-2215.