Saw Palmetto Berries… illegal harvesting

It’s that time of year again… illegal harvesting of saw palmetto berries….

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Saw Palmetto Berries

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service, the widespread of illegally harvesting of these berries is depleting a wildlife food source and threatening the stability of some ecosystems.

In July of 2017, FDACS now requires any private landowners to retain a Native Plant Harvesting Permit, possible reason being is that the saw palmetto has been added to the state’s list of commercially exploited plants.

A landowner harvesting saw palmetto berries for sale or a contracted harvester working on either public or private land must obtain a Native Plant Harvesting Permit from the Division of Plant Industry.

http://www.floridafarmbureau.org/new-saw-palmetto-berry-harvesting-rule/

FWC Law Enforcement Weekly Report for September 7, 2018, through September 20, 2018, recent cases for illegal harvested saw palmetto berries:

  • Bay County
    • 200 pounds harvested
    • private property
  • Walton County
    • no pounds we recorded
    • State Park
  • Santa Rosa County
    • 600 pounds
    • Wildlife Management Area
  • Duval County
    • no pounds recorded
    • State Park
  • Hillsborough County
    • no pounds recorded
    • private property
  • Marion County
    • no pounds recorded
    • State Park
  • Marion County
    • no pounds recorded
    • Wildlife Management Area
  • Palm Beach County
    • no pounds recorded
    • Wildlife Management Area

If you see people harvesting these berries..

CALL the FWC hotline, many species of wildlife depend on these berries.

888-404-FWCC (3922)


https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/2123cf3

 

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