News Ticker

Update from the USFS: 2017 Boise NF Mushroom Gathering

Photo permission from mushroom-appreciation.com

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:

 https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/boise/home/?cid=stelprdb5042896

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.

VIEW AND PRINT THE 2017 MUSHROOM HARVESTING BROCHURE

VIEW AND PRINT MAP

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

(208) 392-6681

Boise National Forest – Garden Valley Office

1219 Banks Lowman Road

Garden Valley, ID   83622

(208) 462-3241

 

4 Comments on Update from the USFS: 2017 Boise NF Mushroom Gathering

  1. tannya Cluff // June 5, 2017 at 11:35 am //

    I went up on 5/4/17 (as a personal picker) and traversed the land for 5+ hours and didn’t see any Morels. I’m curious if anyone is having any luck? personal or commercial.

  2. You guys need to look at your Commercial Permit system it is expensive for what the picker gets, you give the commercial; pickers the worst part of the fire where there will be no mushrooms growing it is Ponderosa pine and all decomposed granite slopes which dry out fast and die. The best part is up higher where you have lodgepole and denser forest and higher elevation with snow these pickers will be lucky to pay for their permits when this opens

  3. Rich Nickelson // May 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm //

    PERMITS AND PICKING SHOULD BEGIN NO LATER THAN MOTHER’S DAY (MAY 14TH). FOR THAT MATTER, IF IT IS FREE, WHY DOES AN INDIVIDUAL NEED A PERMIT TO PICK?

    • Guess it is no different than getting a burn permit….it is free but officials need to know these things particularly for safety. They need to know who is out there should there be issues with weather or worse. Commercial pickers and hobbyists have problems….sometimes. And there ate rules to follow.

Comments are closed.