A Guide to the Spring Mushroom Harvest Season in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Spring mushroom harvest season is on the horizon in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, particularly on the Shasta-McCloud Management Unit. As outdoor enthusiasts gear up for spring activities like wildflower viewing, hunting, and fishing, some are preparing for mushroom hunting adventures.

The Shasta-McCloud Unit is set to issue permits starting April 15th, with the season running until July 31st, 2024.

Amidst the forest’s undergrowth, mushrooms like morels and boletus are expected to emerge after bouts of rainfall. However, it’s crucial for harvesters, especially beginners, to distinguish between edible and poisonous varieties. It’s advisable to accompany experienced mushroom pickers when starting out to ensure safety.

For personal use, harvesting is permitted up to twenty pounds without charge. However, harvested mushrooms cannot be sold or traded. Additionally, mushrooms with a cap diameter of two inches or larger should be quartered immediately after picking, as per regulations outlined in the incidental use brochure.

Commercial use permits, available for those 18 years and older, come at a rate of $1.00 per pound or $5 for five pounds per day. The minimum permit costs $20 for twenty pounds and is valid for four days, while the maximum permit costs $150 for 150 pounds, valid for 29 days with the option to purchase additional days at $5.00 each. These permits are issued individually and are not applicable on private lands.

To ensure sustainable mushroom harvesting, ground litter raking is prohibited as it disrupts mushroom beds’ natural regeneration process. Harvesters are urged to practice environmental stewardship, including packing out trash and minimizing impact on forest terrain, especially during wet conditions. Forest roads may be saturated and soft, posing hazards to travelers. Exercise caution and remain vigilant for fallen trees and road damage while driving, and be mindful of overhead hazards while traversing the woods.

For further guidance on safe mushroom identification and environmentally conscious harvesting techniques, individuals are encouraged to contact the McCloud Ranger Station at (530) 964-2184 or the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station at (530) 926-4511.

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