Byline: The Register-Guard
CORRECTION (ran 8/23/02): Matsutake mushroom picking season has been postponed two weeks in the Willamette and Umpqua National Forests, but the Deschutes, Fremont and Winema forests have not yet moved back the start of their mushroom seasons. The wrong information for an item in Thursday's paper was provided by a Willamette National Forest news release.
MUSHROOM SEASON POSTPONED: Two national forests in Oregon - the Willamette and Umpqua - have announced a two-week delay in the start of this year's matsutake mushroom season. Originally scheduled to begin Sept. 3, the harvest season will now start Sept. 16. Forest officials said they believe the delay will result in higher quantity and quality mushrooms, based on research indicating the extreme temperatures like those experienced this summer could prevent fruiting of the mushroom. If early fruiting does occur, the mushroom will probably be infested with insects, they said. The harvest season will now run until Nov. 16. Mushroom hunters are reminded that campfires are prohibited except in designated areas.
WALDO MOTOR DECISION ON HOLD: A new management plan for Waldo Lake in the Oregon Cascades southeast of Eugene is on hold. Citing "issues raised during the appeal process," acting Willamette National Forest Supervisor Y. Robert Iwamoto has withdrawn his "decision notice" on the Waldo Lake Environmental Analysis "for further consideration." Several individuals appealed Iwamoto's Dec. 3 decision to implement alternative three of the environmental analysis, which classified the lake surface as a "semiprimitive, non-motorized" recreational opportunity zone. The decision would have phased out the use of gasoline engines and allowed only electric motors at the end of a five-year "transition period." Iwamoto said forest planners will consider revising their environmental analysis after the end of the current fire season.
OUTDOOR PROGRAM SELLS MEMBERSHIPS: The University of Oregon Outdoor Program is now signing up members in its community co-operative for the 2002-03 academic year. Members of the co-op are entitled to: borrow GPS receivers, avalanche beacons and other safety equipment; receive discounted or free admission to on-campus events and a quarterly newsletter; free use of the Wilderness Resource Center; and access to more than 200 cooperative adventures, complete with gear. …