|Forest Recreation Pass
The Northwest Forest Pass is required in many National Forests in Washington, Oregon and North Cascades National Park.
Day Pass $5.00, Annual Pass $30.00 Passes are available at Forest Service Offices and over 240 Northwest businesses. For more information call the Naches Ranger District (509) 653-1401 or 1-800-270-7504 Online: www.naturenw.org
In the Naches Ranger District the Northwest Forest Pass is good for launching boats at Forest Service boat launches at Clear Lake, Horseshoe Cove, Peninsula and Bumping Lake as well as certain F.S. trailheads. NWF Pass trailhead list handout is located at Naches R.D. office in the front foyer which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Don’t remove more mushrooms than you need. Leave some to share with many wildlife creatures that use them for food.
1. Approximately how many collecting trips for mushrooms did you make this season? Fall___Summer___Spring___
2. What types of mushrooms did you collect? Please use scientific name if you know it. ________________________
3. Where did you collect your mushrooms (habitat type)? i.e. Douglas fir or Grand fir. __________________
4. How much did you collect on an average visit? Please break down in pounds per species. _______________
5. Did you enjoy your visit? ________
6. What do you think the Forest Service can do to make your mushroom hunting visit a better experience? ______________________________________________________________
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Naches Washington 98937
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOREST SERVICE PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGION
Naches Ranger District
Due to the delicate life cycle of mushrooms there are a few things you can do to protect the species in your favorite areas. These few steps may help to sustain your mushroom picking in the future: 1.) Pick only two-thirds of the mushrooms you find. Do not collect mushrooms from previously harvested areas; leave the rest for seed (spores) and food for wildlife. 2.) Minimize the impacts to the actual fungus by not disturbing the ground habitat. This means do not use rakes, dogs, pigs, or other methods to dig mushrooms. Use a knife to cut the mushrooms to minimize impact. 3.) To maintain the integrity of Late Successional Forest Reserves no commercial harvesting of mushrooms will be allowed in these areas.
KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS Each year interest grows in harvesting wild mushrooms from National Forests. Proper identification and determination of whether a mushroom is edible is the responsibility of the picker. Many forest mushroom varieties are poisonous. There are many field guides available to help in identification. WHEN IN DOUBT…LEAVE IT IN THE WOODS.
CAUTION IN BURNED AREAS: In forested areas beware of falling snags and stump holes, especially in burn areas. For information on burned areas call or stop by your local Ranger Station.
WHERE CAN I PICK MUSHROOMS? Mushrooms may be harvested anywhere in the Naches Ranger District unless otherwise restricted. Harvesting mushrooms in the Wilderness is prohibited. Contact your local Ranger District for guidelines.
FIELD GUIDES (Northwest Interpretive Association): All That the Rain Promises and More, The New Savory Wild Mushroom and Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West.
WARNING: After handling mushrooms or any fungi, wash your hands. Avoid rubbing eyes, nose and sticking fingers in your mouth. Carry towelettes and use them to remove any toxins or bacteria you may have on your hands.
The Pacific Northwest Region 6 of the USDA Forest Service includes lands of great contrast, beauty, and productivity. The Region contains 19
National Forests, 85 Ranger Districts and one National Grassland. These management units comprise 24.8 million acres of public land in Washington and Oregon. The Wenatchee National Forest comprises a net area of 2,164,180 acres.
MUSHROOM PERMITS AND REQUIREMENTS
PERSONAL USE: No permit is required for an individual to harvest up to 3 gallons of mushrooms per day (not intended to sell) except Matsutake (Pine) mushrooms. Any Matsutake mushroom harvesting requires a commercial permit.
COMMERCIAL PERMIT: If you harvest over 3 gallons per day of any species of mushroom or intend to sell them, you are required to have a permit. Harvest of any Matsutake (Pine) mushroom requires a permit.
SEASON AND FEES: Spring harvesting for commercial use, April 15th to June 30th. Permit costs $5.00 per consecutive day or $100 for the season. Fall harvesting, July 1st to December 31st. Permit costs $10 per consecutive day or $100 per season.
* Know that different National Forests have different rules and regulations on permits. Gifford Pinchot N.F. requires that both personal and commercial mushroom pickers have a permit with them when picking mushrooms.