The US Forest Service finally has the info posted on their website with the maps. Commercial Permits will sell on Tuesdays , Wednesdays and Thursdays until sold out.
Because of road conditions and potential operation ongoing, people should visit the USFS website to find out the most current closures.
Here is a link:
This is information from the USFS website and brochure:
2017 Mushroom Picking Guidelines within the Boise National Forest
The best times for sucessful mushroom gathering are dependent upon the picking area. Mushrooms emerge in the spring when moisture, soil, aspect, snow levels and temperatures are just right. Generally the season starts in late May and extends through June. Most often the best location for mushrooms is in areas that were burned or the soil was disturbed the previous year.
Sometimes there are mushrooms found two-three years after the burn, although usually the first year is generally the optimal season. The spring snow pack helps determine the amount and timing of mushroom growth. Snow melt can greatly influence when, and for how long, mushrooms survive.
Please use caution, because of this year’s above normal snow pack, roads at elevations above 5000 feet may remain impassible due to snow and debris through June! Also rivers and creeks are running very high and can be dangerous.
2017 Personal Permits:
Dates for personal picking within Pioneer Fire area only – June 1- 30, 2017
Personal use picking requires the harvester have posession of a brochure and map within Pioneer Fire area.
Harvesters may pick 5 gallons of mushrooms per day within the Boise National Forest.
View and print the brochure and map for more information about personal picking.
2017 Commercial Permits:
The Boise National Forest will have 400 commercial permits available for sale starting on May 30, 2017.
A commercial use permit is required for every picker 18 years in age or older. The permit is for morel mushroom harvesting only.
The cost for a commercial permit is $300 for 150 gallons ($2 per gallon). Permits are valid from June 1- 30, 2017.
Commercial Use Permits for the Pioneer Fire area can only be purchased at the following two locations
Dates: Beginning May 30 through June 30, 2017
Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
From: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Idaho City Ranger District
Highway 21, Milepost 38.5
Idaho City, ID 83631
Boise National Forest – Garden Valley Office
1219 Banks Lowman Road
Garden Valley, ID 83622