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Michigan wants morel hunters to act wisely, safely

Submitted by on April 29, 2010 – 5:34 amNo Comment

Michigan officials want to make sure that morel hunters make their search for mushrooms with conservation and safety in mind.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment this week issued a statement about mushroom harvesting.  Forest Management Division Chief Lynne Boyd says people should use conservation-friendly harvesting techniques.
Boyd said that when harvesting mushrooms, hunters should pinch them off at the stem – slightly above the soil.  The DNRE says this technique minimizes the amount of dirt on the mushroom and encourages regrowth.
State officials also say mushroom hunters should be certain they can identify what they are picking.  Some mushrooms that look like morels are poisonous and they can cause people to get sick or even die.