Gathering

Maine's Public Lands offer recreational gathering opportunities; some are traditional uses of generations of Maine people and visitors.

NOTE: Please be aware that Maine State Parks and Historic Sites do not allow gathering or collecting of any kind.
Help maintain our renewable resources by collecting responsibly:

  • Get a permit when required.
  • Gather but leave enough to reseed and feed wildlife.

No Permits needed for:

  • Berry picking
  • Fiddlehead picking
  • Mushroom collecting

Permits Required for:

  • Firewood Cutting
  • Fir Tipping
  • Ash Trees
  • Birch Bark

For Permits call the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands at (207) 287-3821. Based on your intended gathering location, you will be directed to the appropriate regional office to call for a permit. Lands Regions Map & Contact Information (PDF 431KB)

Learn more about Maine's Public Lands visit our Find Parks and Lands search feature.

To learn more about basketry, traditional arts and crafts, and natural resources visit the:

To find more berry picking sites and farmers markets visit these sites: