Matsutake Mushroom Season Opens Today

This is a press release from the U.S. Forest Service:

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McCloud, Calif. – The 2018 harvesting season for Matsutake mushrooms on the McCloud Ranger District of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest will open on September 21. Harvesting Permits are valid through November 30, 2018.

You must purchase a commercial harvest permit to any harvest Matsutake mushrooms on National Forest System lands during the commercial season.  Commercial permits are available at the McCloud Ranger Station, 2019 Forest Road McCloud, CA. Specific rates are as follows:

•$5 per day/lb. with a four day/20 lb. minimum for $20, each additional day is $5

•30 consecutive days (or 1-month permit) for $100 which allows collection up to 100 lbs.

•Season permit for $200 allowing up to 200 lbs.

You must be 18 years of age to purchase a permit. Additionally, specific harvesting and camping regulations are in effect and are listed on the individual permit. Failure to follow these regulations may result in your harvesting permit termination. Persons picking Matsutake mushrooms or in possession of Matsutake mushrooms taken from National Forest System Lands without a valid, properly filled out permit may be cited. Forest Service Law Enforcement officers will be patrolling the harvest areas to ensure compliance harvesting and permit regulations.

For more information regarding Matsutake mushroom permits, please call the McCloud Ranger District

(530) 964-2184.

For a .pdf version of this press release, click here.

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