LOGSDEN, Ore. – A Halsey man learned that foraging for mushrooms on private property can come at a steep price.
Edward Parker, 26, illegally harvested 10.5 ounces of Oregon Black and White Truffles from the Hancock Forest / Nestucca property near Logsden on Dec. 28, according to Sgt. Brian Cameron of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Parker did not have a permit to take the truffles. He was cited for cutting and transporting a special forest product without a permit. His bail was set at $32,500.
According to Cameron, House Bill 2615 amended special forest products to include edible mushrooms and fungi, including the pricey Oregon truffles. Other special forest products include firewood, cedar shake bolts and greens such as tree boughs.