May Member Meeting & Foray
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This foray will only take place if Yakima County remains in Phase 3 and does not regress to Phase 2.
Current plan: After meeting at the designated location, we will caravan out to a 2nd location (still to be determined on conditions). From the second location, we will split into smaller groups to explore different areas and meet up again at 12:00 PM for lunch and to share our findings back at the 2nd location. Note: Please pack your own lunch. The club cannot provide food due to COVID restrictions. Face masks are still required when gathering; they can be removed when hunting and eating if distancing protocols are followed.
The location will most likely be in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, but could extend into the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest. Towards the end of April, the YVMS board scouted a variety of locations and conditions were not quite right for mushroom hunting. We are hopeful that mid-May will be more fruitful.
If conditions still aren't right for mushroom hunting, we can at least get in a good hike together and new members can get an idea of places they can return to in the future.
Back-up plan: If Yakima County regresses to phase 2, the foray will be cancelled and we will instead hold a virtual meeting via Zoom on May 17th at 6:30 PM. The purpose of the meeting will be to share about current conditions and a variety of good starter locations for mushroom hunting.
IMPORTANT: Please explore the following resources and download/purchase any of the necessary permits (foraging and/or parking).
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest: "Harvest of five gallons per day is free. A free Incidental Use Mushroom Information Sheet is required to be in the possession of anyone collecting morel mushrooms for personal use."
Gifford Pinchot National Forest: "Up to 2 gallons a day & up to 10 days a calendar year, totaling up to 20 gallons of mushrooms per year... Get your free use mushroom permit online at: https://apps.fs.usda.gov/gp."
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest: "Permits are not required in certain situations: forest products may be consumed or used while on the forest without a permit... For items over incidental use, you will need to get a Free Use permit. This permit will allow you to gather up to (5) gallons. Contact ranger district offices to obtain a permit or for more information.
In case of poisoning, seek medical assistance immediately.
Call 1-800-222-1222 for your local poison center or dial 9-1-1 for emergencies.
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