Commercial mushroom permits available

The permits cover mushroom gathering in national forests for anyone picking more than a gallon in Oregon or five gallons in Washington.

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PENDLETON -- Permits for commercial mushroom gathering in the three Blue Mountain forests are now available.

The permits are required for anyone intending to sell, harvest, possess or transport more than one gallon of mushrooms in Oregon or five gallons in Washington state. An annual commercial permit costs $50. Consecutive-daily permits are $2 per day, with the minimum purchase of a 10-consecutive-day permit for $20.

Permits are valid for the Umatilla, Malheur, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. Permits are not required to harvest less than one gallon of mushrooms in Oregon or less than five gallons in Washington state.

Commercial harvesters must also obtain an industrial camping permit if they plan to camp on national forest lands. Commercial harvesting is prohibited in designated wilderness areas.

Information is available from any local U.S.Forest Service Office or at 541-278-3716.

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