Morel mushroom permits now for sale

NCW — Permits for commercial harvesting of morel mushrooms are for sale as of May 1 for the Jolly Mountain fire area in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and can be purchased at the Cle Elum and Naches ranger stations and forest headquarters office in Wenatchee.

A permit is required of the collector collects or possesses more than five gallons of mushrooms per day or intend to sell mushrooms. A two-day permit costs $30, a 30-day permit is $80, and a season permit is $100 and runs from May 1 through July 31. Permits must be in possession while collecting.

Personal harvesting of mushrooms is free up to five gallons per person per day but collectors must carry a copy of the Free Incidental Use Mushroom Information Sheet, which can be found online at go.usa.gov/xQ3YJ.

No commercial mushroom harvesting is permitted near the Diamond Creek fire near Mazama, Jack Creek fire in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, or Norse Peak and American fires in the William O. Douglas Wilderness. Portions of the Uno Peak fire area near Manson are restricted for both commercial and personal harvesting due to the potential for mudslides or landslides.

Harvesting information sheets with a map showing locations of burned areas and camps are available online and at national forest offices in five languages.

For more information about commercial or personal use mushroom harvesting, contact any Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest office, or visit bit.ly/2Jud63E