The commercial huckleberry harvest season opens today in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Forest Service officials say that lower-elevation berries are ripe, and the higher-elevation berries are now starting to come on. If you would like some huckleberries for personal use, you can pick up to three gallons, free of charge, with no permit required. If larger quantities are wanted, or if you would like to process the berries into a product for sale, then a commercial permit is needed. There are some specific regulations that go along with the permits, which are available at the Mount St. Helens Volcanic Monument headquarters, or at any Ranger District office. Additional information is also available by going to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest website.