Colorado Springs News, Sports & Business

Gazette Premium Content Forest officials offer advice on ramp collection

Associated Press Updated: March 29, 2014 at 5:00 am

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — With warmer weather approaching, visitors to the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests will turn out to collect ramps.

But officials with U.S. Forest Service are asking people to avoid collecting too much.

Gary Kauffman, botanist with the National Forests in North Carolina, said there's been a decline in populations of ginseng and other forest products such as ramps. Kauffman said if their numbers get too low, the Forest Service may have to shorten the harvest season or ban the harvest altogether.

With permits, collectors may gather special forest products in certain areas of the national forests,

Removing any plant or its parts from national forest land without a permit could lead to punishment including a fine of up to $5,000, a sentence in a federal prison, or both.

Comment Policy

Our commenting system has changed. Please register or login with your account to comment on a story. Click here for information.

You've reached your 4 FREE premium stories this month

Already registered? Login Now

Get 4 more FREE stories

Simply register to continue.


Subscribe now

Get access unlimited access to premium stories.