Morel Mushroom pickers beware..if you are planning to camp in a First Nations traditional area you are being asked to register.
Beaver Creek based White River First Nation asks all pickers planning to harvest mushrooms in the Snag area just East of Beaver Creek to register with the Lands and Resources Department to receive a harvesting permission form.
Ray Gunness, Manger of the Lands and Resources Department. says they have seen firsthand the impact Morel Mushroom pickers can have on the environment.
He says WRFN wants to ensure its land, water, and people are respected during this season.
Gunness says the area where the fires happened last year are important cultural use areas for our First Nation, and we want to ensure citizens will not be deterred by an influx of people leaving waste and harming the environment”
In 2014, Little Salmon Carmacks dealt with Morel Mushroom pickers leaving behind a large mess and trespassing on their land. He says White River would like to avoid this scenario by informing people prior to harvesting what the expectations are on our land.
White River First Nation would also like to remind people to stay up to date on the current travel restrictions and recommendations regarding COVID-19.
Chief Angela Demit says ’ safety is of the utmost importance. People should be following the Chief Medical Officers recommendations regarding travel to rural communities. Pickers need to be self sufficient, meaning they will NOT need to come to our community for supplies.”
Morels are prized by gourmet cooks, particularly in French cuisine. Due to difficulties in cultivation, commercial harvesting of wild morels has become a multimillion-dollar industry in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, in particular North America,