WENATCHEE – Forest mushroom hunting permits go on sale May 1 for commercial harvesting of mushrooms from the Jolly Mountain fire area in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Permits will be sold at the Cle Elum and Naches ranger stations and the forest headquarters office in Wenatchee.
The growing season for morel mushrooms begins as soon as snow melts and continues through July depending upon elevation, slope aspect and precipitation. The exact start date for harvest will depend upon when mushrooms begin to appear in the fire area.
People must have a commercial permit if they plan to collect or possess more than five gallons of mushrooms per day or if they intend to sell mushrooms. No commercial use mushroom harvesting will be permitted in portions of the Uno Peak Fire near Manson, Diamond Creek fire near Mazama, Jack Creek fire in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and the Norse Peak and American fires in the William O. Douglas Wilderness northwest of Naches.
For more information about commercial or personal use mushroom harvesting please contact any Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest office during business hours or go to the forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/okawen/mushroom .