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Mushroom, berry harvest closure reminder

News from CSKT Natural Resources

On March 1, 2012 the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes implemented a rule prohibiting non-tribal members from harvesting mushrooms and berries on the Flathead Reservation. A tribal member may have non-member children and spouse accompany and assist with mushroom and berry picking, provided the non-member children and spouse have the required recreation permits in their possession. 

The closure will protect native plant resources on the reservation from damage caused by over harvest. “This type of closure is necessary to ensure these resources are managed for present and future tribal members,” stated Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Manager Tom McDonald.

U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers ask tribal members who are harvesting mushrooms on Forest Service lands off the reservation to carry their valid tribal identification as a courtesy to assist with enforcement.

For additional information on the closure, call 406-675-2700.


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