North Fork, Idaho: The Salmon-Challis National Forest will be issuing short-term commercial mushroom permits at the Public Lands Center in Salmon starting May 15, 2013. All commercial harvesters, 12 years of age or older, will be required to purchase a permit. Proof of identification is required for issuance of all permits.
Commercial mushroom permits will only be available at the Public Lands Center at 1206 South Challis Street in Salmon, Idaho. Regular office hours at the Public Lands Center are Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the office will be temporarily be open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. -12:00 noon. Permits will not be available at local vendors.
Commercial permit rates:
•14-Day Permit: $40.00
•21-Day Permit: $60.00
•Seasonal: $100.00 (Season ends September 30, 2013)
Commercial mushroom gathering is only allowed on 209,000 acres in designated areas, outside of designated wilderness areas (Link to MAP). Harvesting of mushrooms will be limited to hand picking. No raking or ground disturbance is allowed when collecting mushrooms. No heavy equipment will be allowed.
Individual personal use pickers must obtain a free Personal Use permit to gather mushrooms within the Mustang Complex fire area. Personal Use permit holders may gather up to five (5) gallons per day. Mushrooms collected under a free use permit must be cut in half lengthwise at the time of harvesting and are not to be resold commercially. Free use harvesters have a 5 gallon per day (approximately 2 grocery bags) per person.
There may be hazards associated with traveling adjacent to and entering into burned areas. Weather conditions such as precipitation and wind can rapidly change conditions on the ground. Wind can blow trees across roadways and precipitation can wash debris across roadways blocking access.
In addition, Forest officials remind the public that some areas within the Mustang Complex Burn Area remain snow covered and inaccessible, especially at higher elevations. Be prepared for spring conditions. Varying temperatures and melting snow can create hazardous driving conditions and driving on saturated roads can cause long term damage to the road.
Camping for Commercial Mushroom Harvesters will not be authorized on the Salmon-Challis National Forest during the 2013 Mushroom Harvesting Season. People who intend to obtain a Commercial Mushroom Permit need to be prepared to find a location off of the Salmon-Challis National Forest in which to overnight.
Camping will be allowed for Personal-Use Mushroom Harvesters. People who hold Personal Use Mushroom Permits may camp in campgrounds or take advantage of dispersed camping opportunities. Dispersed camping opportunities outside of developed campgrounds are available in most areas on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, up to 300 feet from an open road, at no charge. Potable water, toilets, and other amenities are not generally available. If you choose to camp outside developed areas, be sure to bring adequate water or be prepared to purify any water source before drinking. There is a 16 day Stay Limit for all camping on Salmon-Challis National Forest lands outside the boundaries of the Frank Church--River of No Return Wilderness. Within the boundaries of the Frank Church--River of No Return Wilderness, the stay limit is 14 days. Some areas have other specific stay limits or camping restrictions. Contact the North Fork Ranger District for more information.
The Salmon-Challis National Forest wants to provide access to commercial and personal mushroom harvesters, while ensuring public safety. Be aware that forest conditions can vary while traveling adjacent to and entering into burned areas.
For more information on current conditions, please contact the Public Lands Center at 208-756-5100.