Sparky’s Tip of the Week #6 – Forest & Mushroom Ethics
Sparky has decided to write his own outdoor column called “Sparky’s Tip of the Week”. He hopes you enjoy some of his insights.
Caution: Some of the pictures in the following tip may upset you. Sparky gets freaked out, too!
Forest Ethics & Etiquette
- If you bring it into the woods, bring it home. Please do not dump your garbage in the forest.
- This including gun cartridge shells. Someone has to pick it up. Besides being unsightly, it is potential dangerous to other people and animals.
- If Mother Nature calls, bury it! including toilet paper so it decomposes and not stepped in or run into water supply.
- Treat the forest with respect; it is our legacy to future generations.
- Treat other people you meet with respect. The forests have many uses including logging, hunting and many forms of recreation.
Mushroom Picking Ethics & Etiquette
- Pick only what you can use.
- Do not pick an area clean always leave some mushrooms behind.
- If you meet someone else picking mushrooms in the forest, say hello but do not start picking mushrooms in their patch, it might be dangerous.
- It is better to cut the stems than to pull up entire mushroom. There may be a new mushrooms forming below.
- Picking mushroom will not kill them but may help spread its spore. Mushrooms are like fruit on a tree. Drop a spore and grow a new mushroom next year.
- Mushrooms are the sign of a healthy ecosystem.
- Mushrooms are a valuable, renewable resource to be enjoyed and appreciated.
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