If you want to go try your hand at foraging, Graham has a few pieces of advice:
- Determine whether it’s legal to forage in the area you have in mind. Removing anything–rocks, plants, etc.–from state parks is illegal in Colorado. In national forests, you usually need a permit, which you can acquire at a ranger’s station. Always know before you go.
- Triple check your plant or fungus identification. Otherwise, you might eat the wrong thing and poison yourself.
- Do your research. Learn more about foraging safely and sustainably. Check out the Telluride Mushroom Fest in August or the first annual Eagle Mushroom Fest–H&G will be at both! Or, reach out to the CO Mycological Society or Western Slope Fungophiles.
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