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      see below for WHERE it's ok to pick mushrooms...

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The Cornell Mushroom Club

CraterellusCornell's mushroom club comes and goes, and depends upon finding students who will nourish and catalyse it. Between our undergraduate students and longer-term residents, there are enough people around Ithaca to sustain a club, but where are those special people who can set things in motion? If you are one of those, please get in touch with Kathie, and/or use Mushrooms-L (below) to spark group activities. Faculty associated with the club include Kathie Hodge, Ken Mudge, Peter Hobbs, and George Hudler.

If you want to grow mushrooms, visit our Forest Mushroom Growers Network.

We're also proud of the Cornell Mushroom Blog.

Want more? Nearby mushroom clubs include the Rochester Area Mycological Association, the Susquehanna Valley Mycological Society (Binghamton/Endicott), the Central New York Mycological Society (Syracuse), and the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club (Pittsburgh). Also, watch for NY's Peck Foray and the Northeast Mycological Foray at different sites each year.

Join Mushrooms-L

To keep up with mushroom-related stuff in the Ithaca area, subscribe to our e-list. It reaches over 200 mycophiles. You'll receive occasional e-mailings about mushroom news and events. The e-list is meant to promote discussion, so is only as active as its members -- if you join us, feel free to post mushroom events, questions, and ideas for walks. To subscribe, send an email to me, Kathie Hodge <> (please include your full name), and I will add you to the mailing list. Anyone can join our e-list, but it's most appropriate for those who live in or near Ithaca, NY.

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Once you're subscribed, any message you send to will be distributed to all subscribers. Non-members may not post to the list, and the names of members are held private. We ask you to be considerate--don't send large image files (links are ok). Those who post commercial or inappropriate messages will be deleted. We use Lyris to manage our list—you may set your own subscription preferences by following the directions here.

To unsubscribe (we'll miss you!), simply send an email to with the single word LEAVE in the body of the message. Kathie can help if need be.


Mushroom Hunting near Ithaca NY, and Regulations

King Bolete under spruceHere in the Finger Lakes region of New York, we look for morels in May, king boletes under spruce in June, chanterelles under oaks in July, giant puffballs in Aug/Sept, and all kinds of mushrooms from September through snowfall. Nobody will tell you their morel spot — don't even ask. The best mushroom hunting places around town are State and Federal Forests, where we are permitted to collect for personal consumption. One nice way to explore these places is by hiking the Finger Lakes Trail (buy a Trail Guide with maps at a local bookstore).

State Forests, Forest Preserves, Wildlife Mgt Areas, and Multiple Use areas:
 ok to harvest for personal consumption, but not for commercial sale.
 Not all DEC officers are aware of the revised regulation, so carry a copy (link: see section 190.8, item g)
 try Connecticut Hill, Shindagin Hollow, Danby, Hammond Hill, and Yellow Barn.

State Parks: no harvesting whatsoever.
 this applies to Treman, Taughannock, Buttermilk…

Finger Lakes National Forest: ok to harvest for personal consumption, not for commercial sale. Link.

Finger Lakes Land Trust: no harvesting whatsoever.

Cornell Natural Areas: no harvesting whatsoever.

Ithaca City Natural Areas: no harvesting whatsoever.
 this applies to Six Mile Creek NA, Fall Creek NA, Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, Southwest NA

Private Land: obtain permission of landowner.

Please respect these rules for mushroom hunting. Picking where you're not allowed is uncool, and gives us all a bad reputation.

happy hunting!
Professor Kathie Hodge