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Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., April 24, 2014 – Acting Superintendent Russell Runge reminds local residents and park visitors that mesh sacks are required when collecting mushrooms in the park.
“Using a mesh sack to transport collected mushrooms allows the spores to drop to the forest floor and continue to propagate the species,” said Runge. “Mushroom hunters usually come to the park prepared. They are just as concerned about the future of morels as we are.”
“This spring we are cautioning visitors about the soft condition of the roadside,” said Acting Chief Ranger Josh Clemons. “Visitors need to park their vehicles far enough off the road so as not to obstruct traffic, and they may not block gated roads. However, with the wet winter weather the roadside shoulders are still very wet and soft. Be careful where you choose to park, and watch out for snakes and ticks.”
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.“The following fruits, nuts, berries, and fruiting bodies of mushrooms may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption, in accordance with the noted size, quantity, collection sites and/or use or consumption restrictions. Commercial use is prohibited.• Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, and paw-paws – 1 gallon per person per day;• Walnuts, hickory nuts, and buckeyes – 2 gallon per person per day;• Morel mushrooms – 1 gallon per person per day;• Non-native fruits – no limit.“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.”