The Cornell Mushroom Club and Mushrooms-L
Thanks to some dedicated undergraduate students, Cornell now has a mushroom club. Meetings are irregular and we don't have our own website (yet?). To join, email the club's group acct: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club activities include field trips, mushroom cultivation, and mushroom forays. The club's been especially involved with Cornell's Forest Mushroom Growers Network. ...and anything you're interested in, really, if you're willing to lend a hand.
Want more mushrooms? Other 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 Autumn. Armchair mycophiles should certainly check out the Cornell Mushroom Blog.
To keep up with mushroom-related stuff in the Ithaca area, subscribe to our e-list. It reaches over 200 members, many more than the active membership of the club. You'll receive occasional e-mailings about club activities, mushroom-related events, and other mycophilic news. To subscribe, send an email to me, Kathie Hodge <email@example.com> (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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Mushroom Hunting near Ithaca NY, and Regulations
Here in the Finger Lakes region of New York, we look for morels in May, chanterelles under oaks in mid-July, giant puffballs in Aug/Sept, and all kinds of things from September through snowfall. Nobody will tell you their morel spot more specifically than "near dying ash trees." 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.