Truffle hunting has new regulations in place

Truffles

 

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Truffle hunting has a new set of regulations.

Truffles were designated a “special forest product” by the Oregon Legislature earlier this year.

Anyone who intends to collect truffles in the forest this fall must have a permit issued by the landowner.

House Bill 2615 amended the state statute on  harvesting special forest products to broaden the category of “edible mushrooms” to “edible fungi,” thus includes truffles.

HB 2615 also places a requirement on individuals and businesses that buy truffles harvested in Oregon’s forests to maintain a record of their purchases.

ODF have  new special forest products permit forms available by October 1, 2014.