Peter G Werner 
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Re: “Capping the Stem

I really do think much of the problem comes from just how much public land has been the subject of ill-advised closures to even the most limited foraging, putting pressure on those public lands that remain open, such as Salt Point SP. To put it into perspective, not only is this true of much of the SF Bay Area (except for a few city and state parks, and Pt. Reyes), put the majority of public land in coastal Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties. This leaves the average mushroomer without access to stretches of private land (eg, the majority of us) and lack of time and/or money to travel to Oregon little option but to either forage on the same few areas of public land so many other people go to, or illegally poach on closed public lands or trespass on private land.

I will note that this is exactly the opposite approach that places like Spain have taken. In that case, they've chosen to regulate the practice, but actually open up large areas to foraging tourism, which has proven to be a boon to the local economy. It would be nice if California land managers could lay of their "purity of nature" approach (particularly ludicrous in the urbanized landscape of the SF Bay Area) and make allowances for demonstrably low-impact forms of foraging, such as non-commercial scale mushroom picking.

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Posted by Peter G Werner on 12/22/2013 at 8:04 PM

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