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Non-Timber Forest Products

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Introduction

In July 2008, the Division of Mining, Land and Water changed the regulations (listed above) to authorize commercial harvesting of non-timber forest products (NTFP) on state lands through an over-the-counter authorization. Previously commercial harvesting required a regular land use permit. Pursuant with the change, commercial harvesting of non-timber forest products, up to certain quantities of harvest, now can be permitted through the Department of Natural Resources Limited Non-timber Forest Product Permit.

The change accomplishes two objectives: 1) it streamlines the permitting process, taking less time for staff and applicants and 2) it allows DNR to better manage these natural resources to ensure a sustainable harvest for all Alaskans. Much effort was placed in developing a Harvest Manual that sets appropriate limits of harvest per harvestable species and provides correct harvest protocol to protect the environment and maintain a sustainable harvest.

Frequently Asked Question's (FAQ's)

What are "Non-Timber Forest Products"?

Non-timber Forest Products (NTFP) are generally defined as products derived from biological resources. Some examples include mushrooms, berries, bark, burls, conks, cones, boughs, diamond willow, landscaping transplants, and sap. Not included are rocks, minerals, soil, water, animals, or animal parts. Timber products include saw logs, poles, house logs, firewood, and Christmas trees. Harvest of timber products is permitted through the local Alaska Division of Forestry office. Harvest of NTFP for commercial purposes is managed by the Division of Mining, Land and Water.

Do I need a permit to harvest Non-Timber Forest Products?

No permit is required to harvest reasonable quantities of NTFP for personal use. If you are harvesting NTFPs for commercial purposes, you will need a "Limited Non-Timber Forest Products Commercial Harvest Permit.” Commercial use is defined as harvesting NTFPs for the primary purpose of sale, resale, or use in a manufacturing process resulting in a product that will be sold or used for business activities. The official permit to harvest commercially on general or state forest lands is available on the Division of Mining, Land & Water’s NTFP web page or by visiting the office locations listed below. This permit does not authorize harvest on private, state park, University of Alaska, Mental Health Trust, Department of Transportation, Alaska Railroad, borough, or federal lands.

Why do I need a permit?

A permit is required to enable the Division of Mining, Land and Water to manage the sustainable harvest of these biological resources for their continued use by future Alaskans.

Are there fees?

Because these resources belong to all Alaskans, fees are charged to ensure that the citizens share in the benefits of the commercial use of their resources. Commercial users pay a $160 application fee and minimum permit fee. If harvest levels exceed $160, then per unit fees that apply in addition. The fee schedule for NTFPs may be found in the Limited Non-Timber Forest Products Commercial Harvest Permit and 11 AAC 05.150.

Some cautions:

  1. Be sure that you can identify the product that you are harvesting. Some plants can never be harvested because they are rare, endangered, or sensitive to harvest in other ways. Other plants are poisonous and may resemble edible species.
  2. Know how to collect and handle the product you are harvesting. Improper collecting can damage the remaining plant parts. Improper collecting and handling can result in an unusable product.
  3. Be sure that a market exists for the product you intend to harvest.
  4. Know the land ownership.
  5. Respect the land and others using it. Follow the Generally Allowed Uses (PDF) requirements when harvesting.
  6. Obtain and carry the proper permit and complete the end of season report while harvesting.
  7. Maintain required records, timely submit required reports, and pay fees.

Resources

Many commercial publications are available to assist you in identifying plants and other products. The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Extension Service also supplies resources. DNR published the Alaska Non-Timber Forest Products Harvest Manual (PDF) to assist you with products that can be harvested, harvest protocols, quantity limits, seasonal restrictions, and selected references.

Contact Us

The DNR Public Information Centers and the Division of Mining, Land & Water’s Southeast Land Section are available to assist customers in person, by phone, and by email.

Anchorage PIC
550 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 1360
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 451-2740
Fax: (907) 451-2751
TDD: (907) 451-2770
dnr.pic@alaska.gov

Fairbanks PIC
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone: (907) 269-8552
Fax: (907) 269-8913
TDD: (907) 269-8411
fbx-pic@alaska.gov

Southeast Land Section
400 Willoughby Ave., 4th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 465-3400
Fax: (907) 465-3886
TDD: (907) 465-3888
sero@alaska.gov

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