Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 4412 DELTA JUNCTION GUIDE Mushroom habitats Morels tend to show up the year after forest fires in conifer and hardwood forest. They appear above ground when conditions are warm and wet. They grow directly from the soil and prefer highly organic soils. The air temperature will typically be 60F to 70F with overnight lows at 45F and above. Mid-May until mid to late July is the best time of year for hunting mushrooms in the interior of Alaska. Sustainable Harvesting By practicing proper harvesting techniques hunters will get the best possible recovery of mushrooms year after year. Hunters will also be protecting the morel fungus which produces the edible fruit body and they will protect the site which supports it. Sensible care taken on mushroom sites this season is the best way to ensure abundant crops of Alaska mushrooms in the future. Never pull mushrooms from the ground always cut them with a sharp knife at ground level. Mushroom resources www.uaf.edufilesces publications-dbcataloghec FNH-00021.pdf Hunting wild mushrooms is a popular summer activity for Alaska tourists and locals alike. Many folks target wildland-fire burn areas from the year before in search of one of Alaskas more popular mushrooms the Morel the most commonly hunted mushroom in Delta Junction. Or they search out boreal forested areas in search of the Royal King Bolete. Both types of mushrooms are trophies to diehard mushroom hunters. There are many precautions that need to be taken before heading to the woods and dining on your harvest of tasty mushrooms. There are a number of different species and varieties of wild mushrooms. Harvesters must be diligent about mushroom identification. It is strongly advised to consult a number of up-to-date guides such as the Peterson Field Guide. If you are suspicious about the identity of a harvested species separate it into a differ- ent container from other mushrooms and have it examined in more detail. warning If you are unsure of the type of mushroom do not eat it Be- ginners should always hunt with an experienced hunter. Experimental con- sumption of an unknown species is not recommended and could be fatal. Berry picking is a popular summer ac- tivity for Alaska tour- ists and locals alike. Whether foraging on a moun- tainside in the Interior or reaching off the side of a kayak in southeast Alaska there are countless opportunities to enjoy these natural delicacies that were a staple in Native Alaskan cultures. There is an abundance of plants and berries throughout Alas- ka many of which are edible and delicious. Sweet and sour berries are eaten commonly in jams pies ice creams pastries drinks and breads. Berry pick- ing can easily be a family activity appropriate for all ages but there are precautions to consider be- fore entering Alaskas wilderness. Some of the berries that can be found are Crow Low and High Bush Cranberry Raspberry Wild Strawberry and Blueberry. Berry picking is best in late summer and early fall. In addition to the edible and delicious plant life of Alaska there are a number of plants with poten- tially harmful effects. It is essential for any outdoor adventurer to be aware of their presence and pre- pare a plan in the case of emergency. Many poison- ous plants can strongly resemble an edible plant at first glance. One safety tactic is to teach children to stay away from all berries. Make sure an adult decides that a berry is safe before taking a bite. A good rule is to not eat anything in the wild unless you can positively identify it without question. It is also suggested to always travel into Alaskas back- country with a regional guidebook or plant and berry species index. Part of the fun of berry picking is exploring rural Alaska foliage. This type of wilderness is also home to many other critters. It is easy to stumble upon a bear enjoying a berry snack as well. Ensure you make a lot of noise to alert the bears of your pres- ence and know how to handle an encounter with ease. Be aware of all wilderness elements in Alaska for the best experience possible More information can be found at httpalas- kacenters.govpoisonous-plants.cfm warning If you are unsure of the type of berry do not eat it pick wild berries hunt wild mushrooms