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Umatilla National Forest — fs.usda.gov/umatilla
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest — fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman
Malheur National Forest — fs.usda.gov/malheur
PENDLETON — Mushroom hunting season is afoot and the U.S. Forest Service wants to help those taking to the woods to search for the tasty morsels.
A 2013 Mushroom Guide is now available for the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur national forests. Copies are available on all three forest websites and also can be obtained at any of the Ranger District offices.
The guide is intended to help people understand the rules and regulations surrounding mushroom picking, including the differences between personal and commercial gathering, precautions to take and essential gear.
People hunting mushrooms for personal consumption need no permit to harvest, possess, or transport less than one gallon of mushrooms in Oregon or less than five gallons in Washington. These free-use mushrooms cannot be sold, bartered, or given away.
A commercial mushroom permit is required for people 18 years or older who plan to harvest mushrooms to sell or for anyone who plans to harvest, possess, or transport more than one gallon in Oregon or more than five gallons in Washington.
Commercial permit rates are $2 per day for a minimum of 10 days (for example, a 14-day permit would cost $28) and an annual permit good costs $100. A buyer’s permit costs $600 plus administrative costs.
Commercial mushroom picking is prohibited in wilderness areas and pickers cannot possess more than one gallon within Oregon wilderness boundaries or five gallons within Washington wilderness boundaries.
Mushroomers on the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests are required to display a recreation pass in the windshield of their vehicle when using a designated fee trailhead. The Malheur National Forest does not require a recreation pass at this time. Northwest forest passes cost $5 for each day pass or $30 for an annual pass.