Today I received an email from the Wisconsin DNR with guidelines on how to harvest food items from state property. Guidelines will certainly vary from state to state and in different countries, but I think these are worth sharing:
Under state law, foraging at state parks, forests, natural areas, recreation and wildlife areas does not require a permit for the following:Edible fruits such as apples, plums, pears, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, juneberries and strawberries;Edible nuts like walnuts, hickory nuts, acorns and other similar nuts from trees and shrubs;Wild mushrooms including morel, oyster, lobster, chanterelle, giant puffball and hen of the woods varieties;Wild asparagus and watercress;Garlic mustard and other invasive species listed in Ch. NR 40, Wis. Adm. Code.Foraging is allowed only for personal consumption by the collector. Gathering seeds, leaves, stems, roots or other plant parts is not allowed — including medicinal herbs and wild leeks or ramps.Some properties may be deemed a “non-collection site.” When in doubt, contact the property manager or call the DNR to see if a property has any restrictions.No foraging is allowed for species listed as endangered or threatened. Specific rules apply to harvesting wild rice and ginseng, so know before you go.Foraging for food is part art, part science, part luck, and part fun! It's another way to add to your outside springtime adventures.