While many outdoor enthusiasts take to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest during spring to enjoy wildflowers, hunt or fish, some venture out in search of wild mushrooms. Spring mushroom harvest season is about to begin on the Shasta McCloud Management Unit, starting later than last season due to the amount of snow still present. The Shasta McCloud Unit started issuing commercial permits on Monday, May 22. The end of the season will be July 31.

Wild mushrooms typically grow under the cover of leaves, dead wood and other forest debris, quickly emerging after moderate or heavy rain. Among the more popular mushrooms available are morels and boletus.

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