Submitted by Forest Service, Olympic National Forest

Permits for commercial-use salal will go on sale starting March 3 at District offices throughout the forest. Sales will begin at 9am in Forks and Quilcene and 10 a.m. in Quinault.  Anyone harvesting salal within the Olympic National Forest for the purpose of selling must carry a commercial-use permit while picking.

One hundred permits will be available for sale at $150 a permit. Fifty permits will be offered from the Quilcene office (295142 Highway 101 S., Quilcene, WA) for harvest areas located within Mason County and the east side of Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Twenty-five permits will be offered from the Forks office (437 Tillicum Lane, Forks, WA) for the west-side of Clallam County. Twenty-five permits will be offered from the Quinault office (353 South Shore Road, Quinault, WA) for harvest areas within Grays Harbor County and the west side of Jefferson County.

Those buying a permit must be at least 18 years of age and must provide a valid US Federal or State picture identification. Only cash or checks will be accepted; no credit cards or debit cards will be accepted. A lottery system will be used if the demand for permits exceeds the supply.

A personal use permit is required for those harvesting salal that is not intended to be sold or traded. To obtain a personal use permit contact a Forest Service office.

To ensure the safety of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic sales will be performed curbside from the parking lot at each office. A face covering is required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands. Future salal dates for this season are pending and dependent on continued safe practices.

For additional information about salal permit sales, contact Mark LaGioia at 360.765.2215 or your local Forest Service office.

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