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Forest Service Announces Increase In Minimum Fee Of Sales Products

Cost of mushroom, firewood and berry permits go up

Starting January 1, 2003, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will increase fees for sales of forest products such as bear grass, mushrooms, firewood, and berries.

The minimum charge for commercial and personal-use permits, including other forest products, will be $20 per permit.

Personal-use firewood is $5 a cord with a minimum charge of $20 per permit. The maximum amount of firewood per/household, per/year, remains 6 cords at Colwitz Valley Ranger District and 4 cords at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters and Mt Adam Ranger District.

This minimum-charge increase is national and includes all national forests in Oregon and Washington.

One exception is for personal-use Christmas tree permits which will remain at $5.

"These increases account for inflation and support the processing costs of administering and preparation of these permits," said Frank Duran, special forest products manager for the Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service.

Duran said that the Forest Service last increased fees more than 20 years ago.

For more information, call the Gifford Pinchot Forest Headquarters (360) 891-5000, or one of the Forest Ranger Districts offices.

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