Commercial and Personal Use Mushroom Harvest

The general information and rules below are available in a 2-page PDF in English HERE 

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Morel mushroom2019 Commercial Mushroom Harvest Permit Information and Maps

McLeod and Crescent Mountain Fire Area Map [PDF: 8 mb]
Methow Valley Ranger District

Cougar Creek Fire Area Map [PDF: 7 mb]
Entiat Ranger District

 

Permits are required for all commercial mushroom gathering on the Entiat and Methow Valley Ranger Districts of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  Individuals are required to have their mushroom permit in their possession at all times when gathering mushrooms. 

Commercial mushroom harvesting permits will go on sale April 29, 2019 at USDA Forest Service offices in Wenatchee, Entiat, and Chelan during regular business hours Monday through Friday.. Permits will be on sale starting May 6, 2019 at the Methow Valley Ranger District where snow still covers more of the wildfire areas. Call office to confirm availability:

Forest Headquarters (509) 664-9200  
Entiat Ranger District  
(509) 784-4700
Methow Valley Ranger District (509) 996-4000
Chelan Ranger District  (509) 682-4900

Washington State forest product transportation requirements can be found under RCW 76.48.060 and at https://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=76.48&full=true#76.48.061

Commercial Mushroom Permit fees are $30 for a 2-day permit, $80 for a 30-day permit or $100 per season.
Seasonal permits are valid May 1 through July 30, 2019.

 

Morel mushroomsPersonal Use Mushroom Gathering

Harvest of five gallons per day is free. A free Incidental Use Mushroom Information Sheet is required to be in the possession of anyone collecting morel mushrooms for personal use from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Contact ranger district offices for more information.  The maps below in Maps section show potential personal use mushroom harvest areas. The map shows the general areas of past fires where mushrooms may or may not be growing. It is not intended for navigation purposes. A forest or district map is recommended. Roads may be opening and closing throughout the mushroom season so please check the alerts and closures list before heading out into the woods.

FREE Incidental Use Mushroom Information Sheet

The free Incidental Personal Use Information sheet is REQUIRED to be in the possession of anyone collecting morel mushrooms for personal use from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

If you harvest over 5 gallons per day of any mushroom species or intend to sell them, you are required to have a Commercial Use Permit.

 

Maps 

Individuals with commercial mushroom harvesting permits will be able to harvest mushrooms only from areas listed on ranger district mushroom maps.

McLeod and Crescent Mountain Fire Area Map [PDF: 8 mb]
Methow Valley Ranger District

Cougar Creek Fire Area Map [PDF: 7 mb]
Entiat Ranger District

These maps will also be available in print form at Forest Headquarters, Methow Valley and Entiat Ranger District offices in early May.  You can download and view or print them. They are 22" wide maps but you can zoom in and print areas of map you want on a typical printer using the "Current View" and "Fit" options in Acrobat print menu options.

Note: It is best to save/download files to your computer or phone and open them with Acrobat, rather than viewing or opening them in your web browser.  

 

To protect sensitive fish habitat, do not walk through rivers, streams, or creeks to access harvesting areas.

To protect valuable cultural resources, do not remove or damage historical items or artifacts found in the national forest.

 

Camping 

Designated camps are available for commercial mushroom harvesters planning to stay overnight on National Forest lands in the Entiat and Methow Valley areas. Commercial harvesters are required to use these designated camps, which are shown on the attached maps. Commercial harvesters shall not camp within 200 feet of streams, lakes, riparian areas and other wet areas such as wetlands and meadows (unless the location is designated or flagged for harvester use), at trailheads, or trailhead parking areas, or in other high use recreation or special use areas. This permit allows the permittee to camp in designated areas only.  

 

Garbage Removal

All garbage must be removed from National Forest lands for proper disposal unless a commercial harvester is camping in a designated camping site where a garbage disposal repository is provided.

 

Buying & Selling or drying mushrooms is not allowed anywhere on National Forest lands.

 

Closures

Areas closed to commercial mushroom picking include Wilderness Areas, Research Natural Areas, administrative sites, botanical areas, scenic corridors, developed recreation sites, campgrounds and private property. 

Road closures will be in effect within some commercial mushroom harvesting areas.  Road closures will remain in place for areas where hazards exist and to protect soft roadbeds until they dry out.

 

Motorized Off-Route Travel is not allowed within burned areas.

Motorized equipment, including motorcycles, is permitted only on existing roads open to the public. All motorized equipment must be street legal.

 

Northwest Forest Pass Required at Some Trailheads

A day use fee is required at many trailheads and day use sites. A valid pass must be displayed on the vehicle windshield when using a fee site. Passes cost $5 per day or $30 for an annual pass and are available at all national forest offices and some fee sites.

 

Campfires

Campfire restrictions may be in effect. See Current Campfire Restrictions. If fires are allowed:

  • Keep camp or warming fires small
  • Build camp or warming fires several feet from overhanging branches, steep slopes, dry grass, logs, rotten stumps, etc. Never leave a camp or warming fire unattended
  • Keep plenty of water handy and have a shovel for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control
  • Drown and stir the fire with water until all embers and coals are cool-to-the-touch
  • Keep vehicles off dry grass—heat from exhaust systems can ignite fires

 

Safety

Driving Safety: Many forest roads are single-lane roads. Please travel slowly. Be prepared to encounter vehicles, animals or people around corners.

 

Post Fire Hazards:

Walking: Tread cautiously; the fire may have burned roots creating unseen walking hazards.

Falling Trees: Trees burned by fire may fall at any time, with no warning; always look up for possible hazards.        THIS IS A MAJOR HAZARD—BEWARE!

Due to flooding potential in burned areas, we recommend commercial mushroom pickers monitor National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Service radio stations.  Monitor weather forecasts and be alert for flood watches and warnings. Be aware of the possibility of flooding from rains upstream of your location. Monitor local radio stations for public safety bulletins and flood information. Scan NOAA Weather Radio for real-time weather conditions; these broadcasts require a scanner or special radio receiver.

 

MUSHROOM ETIQUETTE

Due to the delicate life cycle of mushrooms there are a few things you can do to protect the species in your favorite areas. These few steps may help to sustain your mushroom picking pleasure into the future: 1) Pick only two-thirds of the mushrooms you find. Do not collect mushrooms from previously harvested areas; leave the rest for seed (spores) and food for wildlife. 2) Minimize the impacts to the actual fungus by not disturbing the ground habitat. This means do not use rakes, dogs, pigs or other methods to dig mushrooms. Use a knife to cut the mushroom to minimize the impact to the fungus. 3) To maintain the integrity of Late Successional Reserves as outlined in the Northwest Forest Plan, no commercial harvesting of mushrooms will be allowed in any Late Successional Reserve.

 

KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS

Each year interest grows in harvesting wild mushrooms from National Forests. Proper identification and determination of whether a mushroom is edible is the responsibility of the picker. Many forest mushroom varieties are poisonous. There are many guide books available to assist with identification. Some forests offer field guides for sale. Your local library, county extension office, and local Mycological Society are good sources of information. Our word to the wise is:
WHEN IN DOUBT... LEAVE IT IN THE WOODS!

 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Who needs a commercial permit to pick?

  • Anyone who plans to pick more than 5 gallons a day or anyone who intends to sell harvested mushrooms.

Where can I pick mushrooms?

  • Once a permit has been purchased, mushrooms may be harvested anywhere in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest unless otherwise restricted (see guide and permit). Commercial mushroom picking is prohibited within National Forest Wilderness areas, Late Successional Reserves, and Research Natural Areas. Each District will have specific information and restrictions.


I bought a permit then decided not to pick. Can I get my money back?

  • No. Sorry, permit fees are non-refundable.

 

Emergency Services

911 is the local emergency services phone number. Hospitals are located in Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Chelan, Omak and Brewster.

 

Other Agencies

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will not issue commercial mushroom harvest permits. Therefore, DNR lands and developed campgrounds are closed to commercial harvesters. Personal use harvest is allowed without a permit. ATV/ORV travel is allowed on open roads only. ATV/ORV travel off any road, behind gates, or on trails is strictly prohibited. In undeveloped and dispersed campsites, campfires are prohibited and camping is limited to 1 4 days. Garbage – Pack it in – Pack it out. For more information contact DNR at 509-925-8510. DNR managed lands are shown in light purple on mushroom harvesting maps.

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) does not allow commercial mushroom harvesting or camp- ing for commercial harvesters. For more information call 509-575-2740 or 509-754-4624. WDFW managed lands are shown in dark purple on mushroom harvesting maps.

Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office:  509-422-7200

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office:  509-667-6875

Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office:  509-962-7525

 

Who to Call—National Forest Contact Information

Chelan Ranger District, 428 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA 98816 -- (509) 682-4900

Cle Elum Ranger District, 803 W. 2nd Street, Cle Elum, WA 98922 -- (509) 852-1100

Entiat Ranger District, 2108 Entiat Way, (mailing address P.O. Box 476), Entiat, WA 98822 -- (509) 784-4700

Methow Valley Ranger District, 24 West Chewuch Road, Winthrop, WA 98862 -- (509) 996-4000

Naches Ranger District, 10237 Hwy. 12, Naches, WA 98937 -- (509) 653-1401

Omak Visitor Center, 401 Omak Ave, Omak, WA 98841 -- (509) 486-5145

Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. Headquarters office, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801 -- (509) 664-9200

Tonasket Ranger District, 1 W. Winesap, Tonasket, WA 98855 -- (509) 486-2186

Wenatchee River Ranger District, 600 Sherbourne, Leavenworth, WA 98826 -- (509) 548-2550





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