Mushroom collection: Please get a permit and know the rules

Release Date: May 10, 2018

Contact(s): Patrick Lair (541) 233-7770

The Ochoco National Forest wants people to have fun collecting mushrooms on the national forest, but to also remind everyone to obtain a permit and make sure you know the rules.

The Forest has seen a surge in inquiries this spring following a busy fire season last year.

If you are headed out to collect mushrooms for personal use, please stop by a Forest Service office to get a Free Use permit (they’re free!) and spend a little time getting familiar with the rules.

Some of the rules include:

• A Free Use permit allows you to gather up to two gallons per person per day.
• Mushrooms in your possession should be cut in half lengthwise at time of harvest.
• It is not legal to sell mushrooms harvested under a Free Use permit.
• Do not disturb the surrounding vegetation. Leave some fruiting bodies to produce spores for the next year.
• Do not remove or scrape away the duff layer. No raking is allowed.

If you are interested in a commercial permit, they cost $20 and allow you to gather unlimited quantities for 10 days of your choosing.

Please note: Mushroom collection is not allowed within a designated wilderness or within a research natural area.

Know before you go!

Spending a little time getting to know the rules before you head out will ensure that you and your family have a better experience, and will help conserve resources for other people and future years.