Mushroom Information

Matsutake Mushrooms | All Mushrooms except Matsutake | Harvest Regulations | Mushroom Buyers

Deschutes, Fremont-Winema, Umpqua, and Willamette National Forests have one or more of the following permits:

  • Matsutake Mushroom Free Use
  • Matsutake Mushroom Commercial Use
  • All Mushroom Species (except Matsutake) Free Use
  • All Mushroom Species (except Matsutake) Commercial Use

Matsutake Mushrooms

A Commercial Permit must be purchased for the picking of any Matsutake mushroom on National Forests that are harvested for resale.

Matsutake Mushrooms Use table

 

FREE USE

COMMERCIAL USE

PERMIT REQUIRED?

*Yes: Free-Use Permit /any 10 days /calendar year

 Yes: Matsutake Commercial permit. 

FEE CHARGED?

 No

 Yes: $8 per day with a 3 day or $24 minimum; $200 seasonal permit (62 days) or $100 ½ season permits (31 days).

QUANTITY OF MUSHROOMS ALLOWED AT ONE TIME

15 in possession / day from designated areas

Unlimited

*Matsutake Free Use permits may be available on some forests and will be valid only within designated free use areas. Free/recreational use permits will be issued only at the Ranger Stations on those forests with designated free use areas.

Matsutake free/recreational use mushrooms must be cut in half lengthwise, stem through cap, and both halves separated at the time of harvest, prior to leaving the area.

 

All Mushroom Species except Matsutake

Commercial Use and Free Use Permits are available for all species of mushrooms.

All Mushroom Species EXCEPT Matsutake table

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FREE USE
COMMERCIAL / PERSONAL USE

PERMIT REQUIRED?

*Yes: Free-Use Permit / any 10 days / calendar year

Yes: Commercial / Personal-Use Permit valid for species other than Matsutake

FEE CHARGED?

No

Yes: $2 per day with a 10 day or $20 minimum; or $100 annual permit

QUANTITY OF MUSHROOMS DAILY

2 gallons per day for 10 days per calendar year

Unlimited

Like free/recreational use matsutake mushrooms, all species of free/recreational use mushrooms will be cut in half lengthwise, stem through cap, and both halves separated at the time of harvest.

 

Mushroom Harvest Regulations 

  • All tools for matsutake harvest will not exceed 1” (one inch) and 18” (eighteen inches) long; raking or other ground disturbance prohibited.
  • Everyone must have a valid permit and a harvest area map in their possession to gather, transport or sell mushrooms gathered on participating National Forests. A harvest area map is not required on the Fremont National Forest, all areas are marked on the ground.
  • Written permission is required to camp on any National Forest while harvesting mushrooms commercially and will be allowed only in areas designated by the Forest Service. Camping spaces may be limited and a fee may be charged.
  • Commercial mushrooms picking is not allowed in: Crater National Park, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Davis Fire Closure Area, Research Natural Areas, Wilderness, Developed Recreation Areas and other designated non-harvest areas.
    • The Young Stand Thinning and Diversity Study on the Willamette National Forest are areas of “No Harvest” as shown on the harvest area map.
  • On the Willamette National Forest, three additional regulations apply:
  1. at least one-third of the mushroom caps on the collection area (of the same species as being collected) should be left intact to release spores (FW-337),
  2. no commercial collection of truffles is allowed,
  3. no commercial collection of mushrooms will be allowed in Late Successional Reserves; and on both the Umpqua and Willamette National Forest no harvest allowed within riparian areas (any stream [Class 1 thru 4], ponds or wet areas).

 

Mushroom Buyers

People wishing to operate buying stations on National Forest Land must obtain a permit. Check with a local Ranger District Office for permit information as not all districts allow buyers on National Forest Land.

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