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PSA: Collecting legally. Check before you Collect!

As the collecting season is upon us, a quick reminder regarding the legality of collecting. While the general laws are pretty complex and confusing, below are a few generalized guidelines. Also below are a couple of links that can help.

US Forest Service and BLM lands are generally okay to collect for PERSONAL use, but not for sale or barter, and are limited in daily and annual pounds. Mining claims complicate that though, and collecting on an active claim is a no-no. Parks are generally not okay to collect. Private land is, well, private: with permission, okay; without it, be prepared for a 12 gauge pointed your direction. State and city lands vary by jurisdiction.

Importantly, check the regulations for the area you plan to collect, BEFORE you collect. Always better to be safe than sorry.