Forest officials help protect the wilderness against people who come in with good(or bad) intent, but who cause ecological damage via their actions. Forest officials help you & your family to become better stewards, & we appreciate them very much!
It is important that our choices & actions are defined & founded in (ecological) science & reason rather than being driven purely by emotion or profit motive. We seek to nurture a healthy, long-term, mutually-respectful relationship with the forest service and our surrounding community members so that Kern River Wildharvesting Cooperative can continue to serve for generations to come.
Before We Continue…
Please enjoy this very entertaining short film about The History of Smokey Bear:
Before setting up camp in late June or early August, we’ll need to file a “Special Use Permit” & have it approved by the forest service. On the permit, we’ll be indicating that we’ll be using “Encampment Preparation & Wildfire Prevention Techniques” (if necessary) so that we have a great set of fire-safe & comfortable camp sites to use throughout the harvest season.
Nothing can be harvested for commercial purposes without first filing a “Special Forest Product Permit” with theU.S. Forest Service, then waiting for permit approval. When KRWC files our permit, we’ll be indicating that all of our team members will always always always use Positive-Impact Harvesting Techniques whenever harvesting (we should expect to be closely monitored by forest officials to make sure we’re living up to this commitment).
Within the Special Use Permit, we’ll also be indicating to the forest service something that they will be very pleased to hear- that we will be doing our very best…