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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Special Forest Products

SFP Resources
Salem SFP
SFP General Guidelines
SFP Common Products
SFP Contract and Permits
Firewood Q & A (PDF)
Sprecial Forest Product

What are Special Forest Products?

Special Forest Products (SFP) is a term used to describe some of the vegetative material found on public lands that can be harvested for recreation, personal use, or as a source of income. They include grasses, seeds, roots, bark, berries, mosses, greenery (fern fronds, salal, huckleberry, etc.), edible mushrooms, tree seedlings, transplants, poles, posts, and firewood. Trees or logs that contain sawtimber are not considered SFP.

Why have a Special Forest Products Program?

The Special Forest Products (SFP) provides the public with the opportunity to harvest SFP for recreation, personal use, or as a source of income. It also establishes policy and direction for these resources, enabling the BLM to more effectively manage and regulate the harvest of SFP, thus protecting the resources and reducing possible environmental impacts.

Are there any restrictions for harvesting Special Forest Products on Salem District lands?

Yes, certain areas and/or individual species within the Salem District are restricted . Table 1 lists some of the general areas and/or species or groups which contain SFP restrictions. Each Salem District Field Office has prepared a document pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, which contains more specific information on the various restrictions placed on the harvest of SFP in their area.

Table 1: General Areas and/or Species or Group on the Salem District Where Restrictions on the Harvest of SFP Occur

Area / Species or Group Limited Harvest
(Harvest may be limited to seasons, amount, species, etc.)
No Harvest
(Harvest, in general, is not allowed in these areas)
Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC)

X
Research Natural Areas (RNA)
X
Outstanding Natural Areas (ONA)
X
Environmental Education Areas
X
Special Habitats (cliffs, talus slopes, meadows, wetlands, etc.)
X
Developed Recreation Sites
X
Special Status Plant and Animal Sites
X
Connectivity/Diversity Blocks
X
Late-Successional Reserves
X
Riparian Reserves
X
Wilderness
X
Wild and Scenic Rivers - designated
X
Wild and Scenic Rivers - tentatively wild
X
Special Status and SEIS Special Attention Species
X
Lily family (Liliaceae)
X
Orchid family (Orchidacaea)
X
Iris family (Iricacidae)
X
Truffles
X
Lichens
X
Ferns
X
Conifer boughs
X
Mosses
X
Mushrooms
X