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  1. I know i'm a few YEARS late to this discussion- if anyone involved is still around though, I would LOVE to hear more about this, any updates on how your yields using this method have been since 2012? I'm really curious about this method, it speaks to a quandary that unites history and meteorology- the attraction of analyzing data predictively vs. the impossibly infinite magnitude of the variables involved. So if any of you Hari Seldon's have gotten this working, even as a general indicator rather than an exact one, that's really really cool, I can't wait to hear more.
  2. Thank you, yes that is pretty much an echo of my experience. It's funny how vague the laws seem to be. You would think hunting and fishing would mean foraging was ok... but... shrug.
  3. Hi, I'm a novice. I live between DC and Baltimore, and there are not a lot of public woodlands within easy reach. The few that seem like good options are either research refuges, national parks or state parks. I have found it to be extremely difficult to find a straight answer as to what the laws about foraging for mushrooms are in the US or Maryland, and I would also like to know if the rules are different between state/national parks/forests etc.. For example, I found a NPS statement that says it is illegal to remove any plant material from any national park, but on several national park websites, particularly in the pacific northwest, but also in the Shenandoah there is actually advice about collecting mushrooms. I don't want to break laws, and I love the park system and want to support it. I emailed the research refuge but got no response. Is there already a topic on this? Does anyone have a recommendation as to where US foraging laws are clearly laid out? Or failing that, a couple suggestions as to where it is definitely legal would suffice! (other than backyards, I just ain't got one )
  4. Lily and Dave, thank you so much! I cannot tell you how thrilling it is to get such thorough, rapid responses. Especially your help explaining the sterile base, and I had not heard about the Scleroderma, one more example of how complex this hobby is. I can't wait to get out there again and find some more!
  5. Hi, I went on my first foraging attempt today in central Maryland. I think I found some pear-shaped puffballs. Not to worry, I don't intend on eating anything from this trip or likely the next several trips either, I just want to very humbly start getting a sense of the easier to ID edibles. The puffballs(?) were growing on the base of what I believe to have been a rotted out beech tree, though it was difficult to tell, it had lost most of its bark. They are light brown, smooth, about an inch diameter. Sliced open they are white, and I don't believe there is any sign of a destroying angel inside, from the pictures I've seen. They had stringy mycelia attaching them to the wood, and were growing in clumps. Most of them have a darker brown area at the very top, but there is no change in texture. One thing that gives me pause though, as you can see in the photo, there is a spot towards the base (and this is true for each mushroom that I sliced open) where the flesh is more transparent, less white. Is this a bad sign? Is it in fact the sign of a destroying angel and I am just misunderstanding? I thought they were supposed to be solid white throughout? Additionally- is it possible to take a spore print from a puffball? Thanks so much for any advice!
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