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We can smell the sauté already...Permits go on sale May 1 for commercial harvesting of mushrooms from the Jolly Mountain fire area in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Permits will be sold at the Cle Elum and Naches ranger stations and the forest headquarters office in Wenatchee.
People must have a commercial permit if they plan to collect or possess more than five gallons of mushrooms per day or if they intend to sell mushrooms. A two-day permit costs $30, a 30-day permit is $80 and a season permit is $100; the season runs from May 1 through July 31. Permits must be in the harvester’s possession when collecting mushrooms.
No commercial use mushroom harvesting will be permitted in portions of the Uno Peak Fire near Manson, Diamond Creek fire near Mazama, Jack Creek fire in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and the Norse Peak and American fires in the William O. Douglas Wilderness northwest of Naches.
Harvesting mushrooms for personal use, up to five gallons per person per day, is free but collectors must carry a copy of the Free Incidental Use Mushroom Information Sheet with them while harvesting. This information sheet can be printed off the forest website at go.usa.gov/xQ3YJ and is also available at local national forest offices.
The growing season for morel mushrooms begins as soon as snow melts and continues through July depending upon elevation, slope aspect and precipitation. The exact start date for harvest will depend upon when mushrooms begin to appear in the fire area.
For more information about commercial or personal use mushroom harvesting please contact any Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest office during business hours or go to the forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/okawen/mushroom .