Mesh sacks required to collect mushrooms at Mammoth Cave NP
Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. - Superintendent Sarah Craighead reminds local residents and park visitors that mesh sacks are required when collecting mushrooms in the park.
"This is an easy way to protect the future of morel mushrooms," said Craighead. "By using the mesh sacks to transport the collected mushrooms, spores can drop to the forest floor and continue to propagate the species. Mushroom hunters usually come to the park prepared. They are just as concerned about the morels as we are."
"Visitors need to park their vehicles far enough off the road so as not to obstruct traffic, and they may not block gated roads," added Chief Ranger Brad McDougal.
The following is an excerpt from the Superintendent's Compendium regarding the collection of firewood, berries, nuts, mushrooms, and non-native fruits within the park:
"Down and dead wood may be used for fuel at any designated campsite.
"Any person gathering morel mushrooms will collect said mushrooms in a mesh sack, allowing for the distribution of spores throughout the forest as the person gathers more."
Did You Know?
In 1841, cave owner Dr. John Croghan believed the cave air might cure his patients suffering from tuberculosis. He brought 16 patients into Mammoth Cave that winter and housed them in stone and wood huts. After some perished, they left the cave, for of course the cave air offered no cure.