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Forest Service / Bureau of Land Management

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Interagency Special Status /
Sensitive Species Program (ISSSSP)

Scientific Collection Permit Information

Agency personnel dealing with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) special status species and Forest Service (FS) sensitive species are responsible for knowing and following state and federal scientific collection permit and annual reporting systems, which differ for different types of plants and animals and by state and agency. State agencies manage the wildlife on all lands so permits may be required for federal employees conducting official work on federal lands. The links and information provided here DO NOT apply to species listed as federally Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which are under the jurisdiction of the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (for more information see http://www.fws.gov/endangered/). Federal Candidate species receive no statutory protection under the federal ESA, but may receive special protections under state laws.

BLM and FS personnel should check the following sources for further information.

State of Washington

State of Oregon

US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)

 

Members of the public interested in making collections of BLM special status or FS sensitive species on federal lands should check in with the local BLM or FS office where they wish to collect and be aware that special collection provisions may apply. In addition, the following information applies:

Bureau of Land Management (US Dept. of Interior)

  • Wildlife:
    • Follow the state regulations and USFWS migratory bird regulations for collection permits (see links above)
  • Plants:
    • When a species is also a “special forest product,” a special forest product permit is required. These permits for commercial collecting are sold for a fee while personal use permits are free.
    • Collecting is prohibited in Areas of Critical Environmental Concern and in Research Natural Areas.

USDA Forest Service (US Dept. of Agriculture)

  • Wildlife:
    • Follow the state regulations and USFWS migratory bird regulations for collection permits (see links above)
  • Plants:
    • “Bio-prospecting” permits on Forest Service lands are free and are for small collection amounts for research/academia. If the requestor wishes to collect from more than one National Forest, send the request to Frank Duran (503-808-2970; fduran@fs.fed.us) at the Region 6 Regional Forest Service Office, otherwise contact the Forest Botanist in the National Forest in which you wish to collect.
    • When a species is also a “special forest product,” a special forest product permit is required. Permits for larger amounts, for either personal or commercial use, have a $20 minimum charge. For “special forest product” information, contact the District Ranger Office in the area you wish to collect and ask for the person in charge of special forest products. For special forest product collections from multiple National Forests, contact Frank Duran (503-808-2970; fduran@fs.fed.us) at the Region 6 Regional Forest Service Office.
    • Collecting specimens in Primitive, Wilderness, Research Natural, Botanical, or Scenic Areas or Forest Service Campgrounds or Picnic Areas is prohibited.

National Parks (US Dept. of Interior)

Wildlife & Plants
• Collecting of any kind, except berry picking for personal use, is prohibited in National Parks without collection permits, which may be issued for research purposes in special cases. To make collections for scientific purposes in National Parks, contact the individual park offices.