USDA Forest Service Announces Ginseng Permit Process For 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018

USDA Forest Service officials announced that the period for applying for 2018 ginseng permits for the Cherokee National Forest will be Aug. 1–19. A random permit drawing will be held to determine who may purchase a ginseng harvesting permit. Ginseng collecting is limited because of concerns for overall reductions in wild ginseng population numbers throughout its natural range. 

For 2018 a maximum of 40 permits will be issued allowing 25 roots (approximately ¼ pound) per permit to be collected.

The 2018 Cherokee National Forest ginseng permitting and harvesting process will be as follows: 

 

The 2018 ginseng collection season will be from Sept. 16-30. This two week period will be the only time that ginseng can be legally collected in the Cherokee National Forest by valid permit holders. 

 

The Forest Service will issue a total of 40 permits, each with a maximum limit of 25 roots. A drawing will be held to determine the 40 permittees. 20 permits will be issued for the northern half of the Forest (Watauga & Unaka Ranger Districts) and 20 permits will be issued for the southern half of the Forest (Tellico & Ocoee Ranger Districts). 

 

Permit drawing applicants may only apply for either the north or the south Cherokee NF. Permits will cost $20 and are limited to one permit per person per year. Permittees must be at least 18 years of age. 

 

Five ginseng collection zones have been designated for the north Cherokee NF (Watauga & Unaka Districts), and five collection zones for the south Cherokee NF (Tellico & Ocoee Districts). One zone on each half of the Forest will be open for collecting each year. Collection zones will be rotated each year to allow plants a five year recovery period necessary to help ensure populations remain sustainable. 

 

? For 2018 the following collection zones will be open: 

 

o North Cherokee NF Zone 1: (Cherokee National Forest land within Cocke County) 

o South Cherokee NF Zone 4: (Cherokee National Forest land between Hwy 68 south of Tellico Plains and Hwy 165) 

 

All persons interested in obtaining a permit to collect ginseng in either the north or the south Cherokee National Forest for the 2018 season must submit a letter of request to: 

USDA Forest Service 

2800 Ocoee Street North 

Cleveland, TN 37312 

ATTN: Ginseng Permits 

 

Letters of request can be sent to the office listed above between Aug. 1 and Aug. 19, and must be received no later than August 19 to be included in the drawing. Letters must include: 

Applicant’s full name (person who will do collecting) 

Applicant’s mailing address 

Applicant’s phone number 

Which section of the national forest the permit is being requested for – north Cherokee NF or south Cherokee NF (only one section can be applied for) 

 

Successful permittees will be notified by letter beginning the week of September 3. In order to obtain the permit, individuals must bring the letter of notification and valid ID to the Ranger District Office identified in the notification letter to pay for and sign the permit prior to collecting. Once notified, successful applicants may obtain their permits immediately or anytime during the open season (Sept. 16-30). 

 

If you have questions or need additional information please call: Unaka Ranger District – 423- 783-2400 or Tellico Ranger District – 423-253-8400; or visit online: http://fs.usda.gov/cherokee 



Celebration Of National Public Lands Day Event Sept. 29 At Cumberland Trail

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail in Spring City invites the public to join them from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 to celebrate National Public Lands Day and the 50th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The Cumberland Trail will have a snake/insect booth, a creek stomp (weather permitting), a gift shop and will be joined by the Tennessee Wildlife ... (click for more)

Reflection Riding Celebrates 32nd Annual Fall Native Plant Sale This Weekend

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center presents the Fall Native Plant Sale on Friday , Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. With family programs throughout the weekend and an impressive selection of plants native to Tennessee, the Fall Native Plant Sale is the region’s best option for new and experienced gardeners wanting to stock up on native trees, ... (click for more)

10-Term Congresswoman Marilyn Lloyd Dies

Marilyn Lloyd, who represented the Third District in Congress for 10 terms, has died at the age of 89. Ms. Lloyd got into politics after her husband, TV anchor Mort Lloyd, was killed in a plane crash in 1974. Mort Lloyd had won the Democratic primary to oppose Rep. Lamar Baker. The party chose her to go on the ballot in his place, and she defeated Congressman Baker. She was ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Couple Robbed Of Over $56,000 In Items; Believe Facebook Post May Have Tipped Off Thieves

A Soddy Daisy couple reported a theft at their residence netted thieves over $56,000 in items. The couple said the thieves may have picked their residence because they posted on Facebook that they were vacationing in Gatlinburg. Michael Lee Leming, 42, has been arrested in the case. However, only $10,600 of the stolen items were recovered. Leming is from Dunlap, but was ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (4)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Scream ‘Sexual Assault!’

Candace Owens, a communications director for the conservative non-profit “Turning Point,” wasted not a minute’s time as the Democratic debauchery of Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh raced like a prairie fire across America. There is little doubt that many politicians -- on either side of the aisle -- play a little loose with the truth. But this Eleventh Hour attack on the ... (click for more)