ELKINS, W.Va. (WBOY) — West Virginia ginseng pickers can get their permits for harvesting.
The Monongahela National Forest started selling permits for the 2022 harvest season on Monday, Aug. 29.
In order to pick ginseng on National Forest System lands, you must get a Forest Service permit and follow all state laws. Permits can be purchased at the ranger stations in Parsons, Petersburg, Richwood, Bartow and Marlinton, or at the Supervisor’s Office in Elkins Mondays through Fridays, or at the White Sulphur Springs ranger station on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“Sustainability is really important, and we want to ensure that this traditional activity is around for folks to enjoy with their children and grandchildren, so just like harvesting ramps, harvesting ginseng is often a tradition that’s passed down from generation to generation, so we want to ensure that can happen on the Monongahela National Forest,” said Amy Lovell, Monongahela National Forest Resource Education Specialist.
Lovell talks about how you can sustainably harvest ginseng, and help ensure the species for future generations.
According to the Forest Service release, ginseng permits cost $20 each and a separate permit is required for each district of the forest. Each permit allows the collection of up to 95 plants from one ranger district from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. You can purchase multiple permits.
Harvesters are limited to 24 plants per day on National Forest land. Click here to see all of the Forest Service’s regulations.