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Columbia Land Conservancy
Foraging

Foraging

Non-commercial foraging is allowed at the Public Conservation Areas. If you’d like a CLC Foraging Permit, there’s some things you’ll need to know! 

What does it cost? CLC suggests a $25 Conservation Friend donation to offset the costs of managing the Foraging Permit Program. 

Where can I forage? Foraging is permitted at all Public Conservation Areas upon securing a permit. 

What can I forage? Foods such as plants, wild edible mushrooms, fruits, nuts, medicinal plants and fungi; as well as flowers and greenery. Due to population declines from overharvesting, foragers MAY NOT harvest wild leeks (ramps), American Ginseng, and Goldenseal. 

How can I be sure that I am foraging sustainably? Before you leave home, take the time to learn about the identification and life history of the plant or fungi you are foraging. The timing, amount, and techniques that you use can have a major impact on their populations and those of the organisms that rely on them. All foraging is at your own risk. 

Limit foraging activities to resilient areas such as established hiking trails. 

If you are new to foraging, start small! Choose a few common species that you can be absolutely sure about identifying. 

Consider foraging for invasive species in ways that do not contribute to their spread! 

What else? In exchange for foraging privileges at CLC owned Public Conservation Areas, you’ll help as a Foraging Monitor, keeping Public Conservation Areas clean, healthy, and well-managed. Your responsibilities are quite simple, help keep Public Conservation Areas free of trash and reporting any troublesome activities to CLC. Reports should be emailed to [email protected]

Please fill out the form below to apply for a permit. Once received and approved, we will mail or email you your CLC Foraging Permit. Please read the Foraging Monitor Liability form.

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