Grassroots effort to open the “Rim Fire” burn in California to the public

Message from Gary Melgaard of the Arizona Mushroom Club – 25 March 2014

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Hi Fellow AMC Club Members, we are forwarding this for all to review. I know they will appreciate any support we can give them.

I believe we are still facing a similar problem here as a result of the Wallow Fire.

Best Regards,

Gary Melgaard

Message from Curt Haney, President of the Mycological Society of San Francisco (lingking@sbcglobal.net) – 21 Mar 2014

This is an important message to members of all western states mycological societies.

On January 28th, 2014 representatives of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, (MSSF)formally requested a special use permit from the supervisor of the Stanislaus National Forest to enter the 257,000 acre Rim Fire burn zone to conduct organized forays starting in April 2014.  A similar request was made to the supervisor of the Tahoe National Forest, in the American Fire burn zone.  No response was received from either, and the burn zones remained closed.  The Rim Fire burn zone is closed until November 18th, 2014, except for logging operations and scientific study teams.

To date; the MSSF has only been able to gain limited access to the Rim Fire burn zone by volunteering to assist with the post fire strategic survey being conducted by a team from the UC Berkley biology department.

Just to the North of the Rim Fire was the American Fire, which occurred last year in the Tahoe National Forest.  It too was closed, but on March 13th 2014 the closure order was terminated and is now open to mushroom collecting by obtaining a “free” personnel use collecting permit.

Why is one burn zone open, yet others closed?  Is this happening just in California, or is this also occurring everywhere the National Forest Service manages our forests?

We are calling on mycological society members of any society who are interested in maintain free and open access to their national forests to become involved.

The attached letter will further explain our opinion on this subject, and also provides contact information to become more involved.

If this can happen in California, it can happen anywhere!

CURT HANEY
President, MSSF

Follow-up Message from Curt Haney – 23 March 2014

This is an important “follow-up” message to members of all western states mycological societies.

We are calling on mycological society members of any society who are interested in maintain free and open access to their national forests to become involved.

The (2) attached documents further explain our opinion on this subject, and also provides contact information to become more involved in our “grassroots” effort to open the Rim Fire burn zone for public access.

Feel free to share this information with your members and reproduce it in your newsletters.

CURT HANEY
President, MSSF

Attached Documents

1) Grassroots campaign to open the Rim Fire

2) Mycophiles To the Rim!

About Christopher May

Chris is a radiologist in private practice in Scottsdale. He is married to Barbara May, with two grown children, Megan and Nick.
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