When they're happening, wildfires are big, scary and destructive, but there are a few positives that come out of them--and if you're a mushroom hunter, one of those payoffs is coming to fruition.
Boise National Forest officials recently issued a series of guidelines for anyone--commercial or individual--looking to head to the Trinity Ridge fire area to collect wild mushrooms.
Individuals need to start by picking up a personal use permit from either the Mountain Home or Idaho City ranger districts--don't worry, the permits are free--if they plan to collect mushrooms anytime through Sunday, July 14. The permits allow individuals to pick up to 5 gallons of mushrooms, including morels, each day, as long as they don't sell what they gather.
If you plan on making some green off your mushrooms, or you want to gather more than 5 gallons in a day, you must purchase a commercial permit for $300, which is valid for 21 consecutive days.
Commercial mushroom pickers are limited to two portions of the fire area during specific time periods--through Tuesday, June 11, north of the Middle Fork Road to Atlanta, and Monday, June 3-Sunday, July 14, in the central burn area.
Mushroom lovers can also pick up permits in Boise at the Interagency Visitor Center on Vinnell Road. For more info, check out fs.usda.gov/main/boise.
If stomping through the woods looking for fungi doesn't sound all that relaxing, now is the time to mark your calendars for Idaho Health and Yoga Awareness Week, Monday, June 3-Sunday, June 9.
Local yoga studios and teachers will offer nearly 100 free yoga classes throughout the week. Participating studios include Sumits Hot Yoga, Sage Yoga and Wellness, Muse Yoga Studio, Hollywood Market Yoga, Boise Yoga Center, Red Yoga, Lhotse Yoga Studio and Bikram Boise.
Complimentary classes cover a wide array of yoga styles and even include offerings for kids. Classes are being continually added, so check the event's Facebook page for updated details.
Finally, you can feel free as a bird on Saturday, May 11, during International Migratory Bird Day at the MK Nature Center in Boise.
The event runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and includes bird watching, presentations, face painting, feather printing and owl pellet dissections. And if that makes you hungry, the Burgerlicious food truck will be on site for lunch.
Admission is $3 for ages 3 and older.