You do not need a permit to collect small amounts of berries, mushrooms, or cones from a State Forest for personal use. You also do not need a permit to collect dead fuelwood for fires while in a State Forest.
However, you must obtain a permit from a DNR Forestry office to:
- Cut or remove any trees or plants for any reason (birch bark, birch sticks, trees and shrubs).
- Remove wood from state land boundaries.
- Harvest Christmas trees, decorative tops, or boughs.
- Collect a large amount of berries, mushrooms, or dead fuelwood for personal use or for sale.
- Tap trees for maple syrup for personal use or for sale.
DNR Forestry offices may issue permits for harvesting items in State Forests and on other DNR Forestry- or Wildlife-managed land, including:
- Wildlife Management Areas
- Consolidated county lands
- Forestry-acquired lands
- Trust fund lands
Permits must be obtained from the DNR Forestry office closest to the State Forest or DNR Forestry- or Wildlife-managed land on which you wish to collect items.
For more information, contact your local DNR Forestry office.