The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has adopted a new rule for harvesting and selling saw palmetto berries.
According to the agency, widespread gathering of these berries is depleting a wildlife food source and threatening the stability of some ecosystems. 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 afrom the Division of Plant Industry.
Anyone who transports for sale, sells or offers to sell the berries must also secure a.
In all instances, a permit application must be submitted 14 days prior to the intended date of harvest. The new rule will be implemented on July 17.