GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK — Visitors to Grand Teton National Park are allowed to forage for mushrooms along with other edible plants within the park boundaries this spring and summer, despite the practice not being allowed in years past.
According to the Superintendent’s Compendium, which applies to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, foraging is permitted this year but with some exceptions.
“The gathering of fruits, berries, nuts and mushrooms is limited to one quart per species, per person, per day,” reads the compendium.
“The superintendent has determined the collection and consumption of specified vegetation for immediate personal consumption is reasonable and will not adversely affect park wildlife, the reproductive potential of a plant species or otherwise adversely affect park resources.”
The National Park Service asks visitors and recreationists to always stay on designated trails.
It is important to note that foraging is prohibited on many National Park Service lands and rules vary from park to park.
The public can find more information about laws in a park near you using the National Park Service’s website. To access the superintendent’s compendium for a specific park, visit click here, select a location and click on “learn about the park.” From there, the public can access the compendium by clicking “management,” then “laws and policies.”