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August 31, 2012
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UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST

Mushroom harvest opens

Matsutake mushroom harvest season will open Sept. 4 in the Umpqua National Forest. The season will end Nov. 4.

Anyone harvesting matsutake mushrooms in a national forest must purchase a permit.

Permits are available at Umpqua National Forest ranger district offices and are $200 for a 62-day season, $100 for a half-season permit or $8 a day with a minimum of three-day purchase. Picking days do not need to be consecutive. Harvesters must be 18 or older and have valid identification to purchase a permit.

A permit purchase comes with information about mushroom picking and a map of harvest areas.

The Forest Service requires commercial harvesters to have written permission from the agency to camp on any national forest, except in designated camping areas.

Mushroom harvesting will also be possible in the Deschutes, Fremont-Winema and Willamette national forests.

Information: 541-957-3255.


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