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By Dave Richardson
Seeley Lake, Mont. 

The Cost of Commercial Mushroom Harvest

 

March 29, 2018



I read about the permitting of commercial mushroom hunters being allowed and possible recruitment of additional law enforcement. I admit to not seeing these commercial mushroom gatherers in action but have witnessed first hand the actions of the wild grape vine harvesters. They come in hoards and strip the forest completely of grape vines. The worst is the trash left in their wake, what were clean logging roads become littered with Styrofoam food boxes, hamburger sacks and beer cans.

I suspect it is the same with commercial mushroom hunters (I hope not) and the few dollars made on permit sales is offset by the reputation they leave behind with the tourist. Better to not allow commercial harvesting and let the locals, tourist and wildlife enjoy the harvest.

 

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