Mar 30, 2012 3:27 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
HAMILTON- The Bitterroot National Forest will begin issuing personal use mushroom permits for the 2012 season on Monday, April 2nd.
Forest officials caution that morel mushrooms are expected to appear later this spring in two areas on the Forest following last summer's wildfires.
The 41 Complex fire on the Darby Ranger District and Saddle Complex fire on the West Fork Ranger District burned over 47,000 acres of the Bitterroot and Salmon-Challis National Forests.
Only personal use mushroom permits are being issued at this time with commercial mushroom harvest permits expected to be issued at a later date.
Forest officials caution that to harvest mushrooms anywhere on the National Forest you must have a permit. Personal use permits are free and available at all Forest Service offices.
The permits allow mushroom harvesting only on the Bitterroot National Forest. The Forest will not be issuing any special camping permits to mushroom harvesters and normal dispersed camping regulations will be enforced.
All mushroom harvesting is limited to hand picking -- no heavy equipment will be allowed. Motorized travel is restricted to open roads and trails only and parking along many Forest roads is extremely limited. Parked vehicles should not block traffic or impede fire or emergency vehicles.
It's a good idea to contact your local ranger district for the latest road and trail conditions. For more mushroom harvest information and rules check the 2012 Mushroom Guide available at all Bitterroot National Forest Offices or click here.