Arcata Field Office

King Range National Conservation Area: Mushroom Collecting

The Bureau of Land Management issues permits for commercial mushroom gathering on public lands in Humboldt and Mendocino counties within the King Range National Conservation Area.  Commercial mushroom gathering permits will be issued for specific times and quantities between September through December each year.

Commercial Permits:

$20 for 2 consecutive days

$25 for 3 consecutive days

$50 for 7 consecutive days

$75 for 14 consecutive days

$100 for 30 consecutive days

There is no limit on amounts collected, but each person collecting must be at least 21 years old and have a permit.  Commerical collectors are NOT permitted to collect in designated wilderness areas. A maximum of 30 permits can be active at any time.

Permits must be obtained in person from the King Range Office, 768 Shelter Cove Road, Whitethorn, or Arcata Field Office, 1695 Heindon Road, Arcata, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Personal Use:

A permit is NOT required for collection of mushrooms for personal use. Incidental, or collection for personal use only is allowable and is limited to 5 pounds of mushrooms per person at any time. Collection of mushrooms for personal use is allowed between September through April each year.

Guidelines for Personal Use Collection of Mushrooms:

  1. Mushrooms harvested are for personal use only and are NOT to be sold or traded. The BLM authorizes the collection and possession of not more then five (5) pounds of mushrooms per day for personal use only.
  2. Matsutake (tanoak) mushrooms harvested under these provisions should have the stem cut from the cap within one inch of the cap or be cut in half vertically through both the cap and stem. Cutting should take place at time of picking and prior to mushrooms being placed into any container or transported from the immediate harvest site.
  3. No Matsutake mushrooms less than 1 ½ inch cap diameter should be harvested. Older and decomposing mushrooms (all species) shall be left in place.
  4. When gathering mushrooms leave the soil, woody debris, vegetation, and mushroom’s mycelial mat in an undisturbed condition. Use of rakes, leaf blowers, or other ground disturbing techniques is prohibited.
  5. Mushrooms should be harvested individually by cutting, twisting/plucking, or with the use of tools no greater than 1 inch blade width.
  6. Collection of mushrooms is permitted only on BLM-administered lands.
  7. Persons collecting mushrooms shall clean up all trash and litter generated by their activities. WARNING! Existing trash/debris may contain hazardous materials. Please notify your local BLM office.
  8. Drive only on existing roads and park so as not to block traffic. Comply with all road closures. Do not drive on non-surfaced roads during periods of wet weather.
  9. Persons collecting mushrooms must comply with all State and Federal laws/regulations concerning fire prevention requirements and fire closures. Persons must abide by all state, county or local laws or rule regulating the collection of personal use mushrooms.
  10. The persons collecting mushrooms shall suspend all operations upon notification by the authorized officer of any of the following:
  • Discovery of an object or site of cultural value in the permit area
  • Discovery of threatened or endangered plants or animals protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
  • Discovery of a Federal candidate, sensitive, or State listed species protected under BLM Manual 6840.     

Mushroom collectors (personal use and commercial) may not use rakes, power blowers, or implements that disturb the duff, soils or vegetation.

Bureau of Land Management
King Range National Conservation Area Project Office
P.O. Drawer 189
Whitethorn, CA  95589
Phone: (707) 986-5400
Fax: (707) 986-5401
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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Bureau of Land Management 
Arcata Field Office
1695 Heindon Road
Arcata, California 95521-4573
Phone: 707-825-2300       
Fax: 707-825-2301 
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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