Please follow these guidelines when collecting mushrooms for the Wild Mushroom Show. Remember that spore color is an important characteristic for identifying any mushroom: a small piece of light-weight paper, placed under a mushroom cap in the basket upon collection or at home, is hugely helpful.
General rules for collecting wild mushrooms vary considerably by location and are changing all the time. Here are the Washington State Personal Use Mushroom Harvesting Rules for 2016, published by the Puget Sound Mycological Society. If you collect on public land, double-check with the local agency office or ranger station to make sure these are current. If you collect on private land, be sure to get permission from the land owner.
Some species are restricted from collecting, usually to help conserve them. These are mostly rare species that are uncommonly found (for example see the Federally Threatened, Endangered, and Proposed Species List). Scroll down to “Species Restrictions” at the PSMS site to learn more.
Go to Contact for more information, and visit the PSMS website. The highly poisonous Amanita phalloides (mycorrhizal with trees; photo by Buck McAdoo) is now showing up as far north as Bellingham and Vancouver.
Pantone color chart of mushroom spore colors, created by Dr. Fred Rhoades
MatchMaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest, an electronic, multikey with an online version
Keys to Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest, by the Pacific Northwest Key Council
Mushrooms Commonly Found in NW Washington, Dr. Fred Rhoades’ List
Taxonomic Revisions For Mushrooms Demystified, David Aurora’s field guide
North American Mycological Association, NAMA Journal and newsletters
Oregon State University Mycological Collection
Tom Volk’s Site (His was the first on the Internet!)
Other links, courtesy Vanmyco
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Northwest Mushroomers Association (NMA)
Kitsap Peninsula Mycological Society (KPMS)
Olympic Peninsula Mycological Society (OPMS)
Oregon Mycological Society (OMS)
Puget Sound Mycological Society (PSMS)
Snohomish County Mycological Society (SCMS)
South Sound Mushroom Club (SSMC)
S. Vancouver Island Mycological Society (SVIMS)
Vancouver Mycological Society (VMS)
Yakima Valley Mushroom Society (YVMS)
Mushrooms, Russia and History. (Download this rare book for free)