In 2012, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council adopted a regulation restricting mushroom and berry harvest exclusively to CS&KT Tribal members within the boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation (FIR). This closure was adopted to protect native plant resources on the Reservation from the damage caused by over harvest. This closure will protect subsistence harvest of cultural resources found on the Flathead Indian Reservation for future generations to come.

CS&KT Tribal members may have their non-member spouse & children (immediate family) accompany and assist with mushroom and berry picking, provided that the non-member children and spouse have the required recreation permits in their possession.

The Natural Resources Program also ask that berries are harvested in a respectful manner, please refraine from using modified “pickers”. These are known to cause damage to the plant. It is also unlawful to “cut, destroy or mutilate any tree, shrub or plant” on the FIR. Therefore, cutting a berry bush to be processed at a different location is not permitted.

In March Tribal Council passed a resolution to temporarily suspend recreation on tribal lands to non-residents of the Flathead Indian Reservation, this resolution is currently still in place. These modifications are similar to restrictions that are currently being implemented throughout the state of Montana to minimize exposure and community spread of the covid-19 virus.

For additional information contact Tom McDonald, Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Program Manager or Stephanie Gillin, Information & Education Program Manager at (406) 883-2888.

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