Forest Reserve System Collection Permit

Forest Reserve System Collection Permit

Gathering of non-listed species or common materials from a State Forest Reserve, requested in quantities that are determined by DLNR as representing personal use, is regulated through issuance of a Collection Permit, free of charge. If quantities are determined to represent commercial use, a Commercial Harvest Permit may be issued at a fee. Consult the Forest Product Price List on the DOFAW website for information on personal versus commercial use quantities, as well as current commercial use pricing. You can apply for a permit at any DOFAW District office or online. Please read through permit limits and guidelines below before you apply.

Permit Limits:

  • Personal collection permit limit 
    §13-104-21 (f) No more than one permit within a seven-day period may be issued to the same person or persons, group, organization, or association listed on the permit for collecting any of the same forest products.
  • Commercial harvest permit limit 
    §13-104-22 (b)(4) No more than one permit within a thirty day period or six permits within a calendar year may be issued to the same person, group, organization, or association for harvesting the same product.

Permit Application Guidelines:

  • This permit and application process is for collection in the Forest Reserve System only.
  • Requests for permits should be submitted 10 working days prior to the collection date, to allow sufficient time for review and processing.
  • You cannot apply for paid and free items on the same permit application. You must submit separate applications.
  • If the item you are interested in, is not listed in the permit application form, please call or email your DOFAW District Office for assistance.
  • Collection of endangered or threatened wildlife or plants will not be permitted except as provided by Chapter §13-124 HAR.
  • If you apply for a permit online and it is approved, you must print out a copy of the permit and the audit report. You must have the printed permit with you when collecting the permitted items.

Before you apply for a collection permit you need to know what non-timber forest product you want to collect and what forest reserve on your island that you can find them. Listed below are some commonly requested items and a list of forest reserves that they can be found in. If the item you are interested in collecting is not listed, please call or email your DOFAW District Office for assistance.

Online permit application:

To apply for a collection permit online click on the forest reserve you would like to collect from in the map below. Click on the link in the pop-up to fill out an application. There is a tutorial on how to fill out the application if you need further instructions.

Commonly requested items by District:

Please call or email your DOFAW District Office if you have any questions or need additional assistance.

Kauaʻi
Item Forest Reserve Permit Area
fern fronds (non-native only) all all sections
foliage/greenery Nā Pali Kona Forest Reserve  all sections
Pu‘u Ka Pele Forest Reserve all sections
Līhu‘e-Kōloa Forest Reserve all sections
maile Nā Pali Kona Forest Reserve  all sections
palapalai Nā Pali Kona Forest Reserve  all sections
Pu‘u Ka Pele Forest Reserve all sections
pines boughs or cones Nā Pali Kona Forest Reserve  all sections
Pu‘u Ka Pele Forest Reserve all sections

 

Oʻahu
Item Forest Reserve Permit Area
bamboo poles

Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve

Makiki Section (Tantalus)
bamboo shoots Nuʻuanu Section
Christmas berry branches Kuaokalā Forest Reserve n/a
Mokulē‘ia Forest Reserve n/a
Christmas tree/Norfolk Pine Kuaokalā Forest Reserve n/a
Mokulē‘ia Forest Reserve n/a
strawberry guava fruit or stalks ‘Ewa Forest Reserve Waimano
Wai‘anae Kai Forest Reserve n/a
Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve Makiki (Tantalus)
Wailupe
Moanalua
Kuaokalā Forest Reserve n/a

 

Maui Nui
Item Forest Reserve Permit Area
plums Kula Forest Reserve  (not #5)
pine boughs
Christmas tree
bamboo poles Ko‘olau Forest Reserve Kolea bamboo
bamboo shoots
ti leaf Ko‘olau Forest Reserve Honomanū
Ke‘anae
Nā‘ili‘ilihāele
Pi‘ina‘au

 

Hawaiʻi Island
Item Forest Reserve Permit Area
foliage/greenery Upper Waiākea Forest Reserve n/a
hāpuʻu fiddlehead (kakuma) Waiākea Forest Reserve, Upper Waiākea Forest Reserve, ʻŌlaʻa Forest Reserve Stainback Highway Section
hāpuʻu trunk Waiākea Forest Reserve n/a
Upper Waiākea Forest Reserve n/a
maile Kaʻu Forest Reserve Kaʻu section
Kapāpala section (Koa canoe area)
Kapāpala Forest Reserve n/a
Hāmākua Forest Reserve all sections
Hilo Forest Reserve all sections
Upper Waiākea Forest Reserve n/a
māmaki leaves Waiākea Forest Reserve, Upper Waiākea Forest Reserve, ʻŌlaʻa Forest Reserve Stainback Highway Section
ʻōhelo berries Upper Waiākea Forest Reserve n/a
palapalai fronds Hāmākua Forest Reserve Kalōpā Section
pine boughs Mauna Kea Forest Reserve n/a
strawberry guava stalks Upper Waiākea Forest Reserve n/a
various non-native fruits  Hilo Forest Reserve Keanakolu orchard

Forestry and Wildlife District Offices:

Kaua‘i District:
3060 Eiwa Street, Room 306, Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Phone: (808) 274-3433; fax: (808) 274-3438

O‘ahu District:
2135 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Phone: (808) 973-9778; fax: (808) 973-9781
Email: [email protected]

Maui District (includes Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lāna‘i):
685 Haleakala Hwy., Kahului, Hawaii 96732
Phone: (808) 984-8100; fax: (808) 984-8116

Hawai‘i District:
19 East Kawili Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: (808) 974-4221; fax (808) 974-4226