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Identification & Gathering of Forest Resources


Arizona's White Mountains

Gathering of forest resources was once a way of life for many of our forefathers. The previous generations remember gathering as a necessity rather than for recreational purposes. Today, however, it is enjoyed by most as a recreational forest activity often shared with such adventures as hiking and backpacking.

It enables a person to acquire a closer relationship with the delicate balance of the forest ecosystem as well as a recapitulation with his pioneer heritage. The opportunities for obtaining berries, firewood, Christmas trees, and other forest resources are varied and dispersed throughout the Lakeside Ranger District.

Plant identification, as a type of outdoor recreation experience, is always enhanced with guide book usage for positive identification of plants and wildflowers. Since plant identification is a pastime that everyone can enjoy, the user should exercise discretion in making the decision to actually gather plants. Because fragile alpine and meadow areas located on the District harbor rare and possibly endangered species, plant regeneration may be a very slow, if not impossible, process once the plants are gathered.

Visitors should be aware that gathering wildflowers and shrubs in picnic areas, campgrounds, and developed recreation sites is prohibited. Since rapid recovery is limited, one should consider leaving the shrubs and wildflowers undisturbed so that visitors to the National Forest lands can appreciate them in their natural state.

The gathering activities in the following pages offer the opportunity for you to become acquainted with the availability and general location of the various forest resources and will provide information concerning proper procedures for gathering these resources.

General Information
Miscellaneous Information

Fuelwood General Information

Fuelwood Cutting Tips

Christmas Trees

Instructions for Cutting Christmas Trees & Decorating Greens


Fruits & Nuts

Miscellaneous Gathering Activities and Information

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For more information, please feel free to contact the
USDA Forest Service, Lakeside Ranger District at 520.368.5111
or you may write us at 2022 W. White Mtn. Blvd., Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona 85935

Be sure to check with the Lakeside Ranger Station for current information
on gathering permits or fees that may be required.

White Mountains Online wishes to express our appreciation to the USDA Forest Service, Lakeside District for providing this information!