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17 Pa. Code § 21.115. Natural resources.

§ 21.115. Natural resources.

 (a)  The following activities are prohibited without written permission of the Department:

   (1)  Cutting, picking, digging, damaging or removing, in whole or in part, a living or dead plant, vine, shrub, tree or flower, including fungus, lichen and moss, except as permitted in subsection (b) and §  21.120 (relating to ground blinds and tree stands).

   (2)  Removing rocks, shale, sand, clay, soil or other mineral products.

   (3)  Removing peat, bark, mulch, pine straw or other natural resources.

   (4)  Planting a tree, shrub or plant.

   (5)  Releasing an animal that was brought into a State forest.

 (b)  The following activities are permitted:

   (1)  Gathering edible wild plants or plant parts for an individual’s personal or family consumption, unless the plant is listed in Chapter 45 (relating to conservation of Pennsylvania native wild plants) as threatened, endangered, rare or vulnerable.

   (2)  Gathering dead and down wood for building fires on State forest land as permitted in §  21.118 (relating to fires).


   The provisions of this §  21.115 issued under sections 302, 313 and 502 of the Conservation and Natural Resources Act (71 P. S. § §  1340.302, 1340.313 and 1340.502); and the Crimes Code, 18 Pa.C.S. § §  7505 and 7506.


   The provisions of this §  21.115 adopted September 4, 2015, effective September 5, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 5493.

Cross References

   This section cited in 17 Pa. Code §  21.123 (relating to violation of rules regarding conduct in State forests).

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