Good crop of morel mushrooms expected in fire burn area

There are limits for mushroom pickers.

BOISE COUNTY - If you're on the lookout for morel mushrooms, forest officials are expecting a good crop in the area burned in last year's Pioneer Fire.

They are also anticipating a lot of people hunting for mushrooms and will be limiting commercial permits.

For those of you itching to get out and pick the morels, you're going to have to wait until June first.

Commercial and personal use pickers will then have then have 30 days to fill their buckets.

Personal use is limited to one five gallon bucket per day, and commercial users can collect 150 gallons over the 30-day span.

For commercial pickers, you are going to need a permit, which can be purchased for $300 at the U.S. Forest Service office in Garden Valley.

Permits will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and capped at 400 because of limited camping spots and other activities that will be going on in the burn perimeter, such as salvage logging.

“We will have more law enforcement out there than usual patrolling, making sure folks are staying within the area for both commercial and personal use, and also make sure they are doing the right thing out there,” said John Kidd, district ranger for Lowman ranger station.

Kidd added that mushroom hunters will be slapped with a fine if they break the regulations.

In the past, Kidd says thousand have come to these burn sites to get their hands on the highly-coveted mushrooms.

 

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