Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

June 20, 2011 17:28 ET

Government of British Columbia: Reminders When Picking Edible Mushrooms on Crown Land

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 20, 2011) -

INFORMATION BULLETIN

2011FOR0091-000749

June 20, 2011

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Reminders when picking edible mushrooms on Crown land

VICTORIA - It is the time of year when people head out onto Crown land to pick edible wild mushrooms, specifically fire morels, in areas previously burned by wildfire.

People harvesting mushrooms need to be aware that even though the area may have already been burned once, there is still potential for another wildfire to start. Please be extremely cautious with cigarettes and other sources of flame and ensure your campfire is completely out before leaving the area. Check for any open fire restrictions by visiting: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp

The trees in some of these areas may also be affected by the mountain pine beetle, meaning they are particularly weak and brittle. There is a risk that branches and trees may fall, even with slight wind present.

Remember that anyone caught in the act of littering or causing environmental damage to Crown land may be ticketed or fined. Remember to "pack-in, pack-out" - what you bring in to a site should be taken home afterwards.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, please call *5555 on your cellphone or toll-free to 1 800 663-5555.

For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at: www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news -

On Twitter at: http://twitter.com/#!/BCGovFireInfo

On Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

Contact Information

  • Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
    Cheekwan Ho
    Public Affairs Officer
    250 356-5261