Commercial bidders must speculate on the probability of the pine nut crop. This year the bids were all 25 cents per pound, but there is no guarantee they will be able to harvest the total pounds purchased. Additionally, commercial harvesters must agree to a number of stipulations, one of which is to allow the public to harvest pine nuts for personal use within the sale area.
Members of the public can collect up to 25 pounds of pine nuts per person for free. There is a 25 cent per pound charge over 25 pounds.
Maps and information for recreational harvesting are available at each BLM district office.