When: 2009-10-25

Collection location: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Shane Marsh (Mushane)

No specimen available

as I was taking photos, some rude lady on a horse went and got the rangers and told them I was an ill tempered mushroom poacher, boy was that fun to try and explain, hey harassed me all day about it including pulling me over in town to see if I stole any of the mushrooms from the park – great use of tax dollars in an already deficient network.


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Nice photos
By: good luck 2U (donaldjohnston)
2012-07-22 14:18:28 PDT (-0700)

Sorry about the trouble.

By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-10-26 08:04:05 PDT (-0700)

Poor mushroom. That mushroom had friends and family. Poor mushroom Luckily you did not have a child with you or a dog. Collecting mushrooms with a child well that would of been really bad. That lady is a Hero. NO just kidding. I bet That was the most excitement that ranger had in months. You would think they would hire a ranger with some intelligence and knowledge but I guess it doesn’t take much to be a ranger any more. It would seem by now in the not so Great State Of California they would realize that by collecting mushrooms you are helping the species by dispersing the spores in different area there for making the gene pool stronger for that species. When i read things like this I am so glade im in West Virginia. They are scared to death of there mushrooms here and encourage you to collect them all, get rid of them deadly things.
So did they find stolen mushrooms in your car??. Ok ihave an idea for you it works for me and really its not that expensive. Make up some business cards with Mushroom observer.org on it then hand them to every ranger you see then suddenly its ok to take that mushroom and take pics climb trees ect. I have notice that people seem to be ok with the mushroom thing if you appear to have some officialality to you. By the way great shot. In WV they are quite frequently high in trees, There have been many times i found myself pondering how to get that down? I take rope with me it works good.

breaking the rules in the public eye.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-10-26 07:16:24 PDT (-0700)

I am sorry that you were harrassed by the local constabulary, but you weren’t just taking photos, you were apparently climbing a tree (or flying up?) and knocking down a fruit body in a park where collecting is prohibited. And you did it in front of a witness!

Now WE all know that taking a mushroom is NBD, but not everybody gets that.
We have plenty of CA protectionists that think nature is sacrosanct and don’t want to see you abusing the plants trees flowers wildlife mushrooms! And we won’t get into the damage that horses do to trails, or how they spread invasive weeds with their droppings. Everybody and everything in the woods has an impact!

It sucks what happened to you, but you do have to look at what you did to attract that unwarranted attention. Life ain’t fair, so for heavens sake, be more discrete next time! Until CA adopts a more enlightened mushroom collecting policy we must live with these unfortunate rules and regualtions. Be charming and persuasive; educate, don’t antagonize. Even if you DO want to bitch slap the lot! ;)

Nice shot of that fruit body in situ….and how the heck DID you get it down?

How did you get them down?
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-10-26 02:56:59 PDT (-0700)
Wow. Nice..
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-10-25 22:44:23 PDT (-0700)

I’ve never seen them that high. Nice photo-op.

Great photo, sorry/infuriating to hear about the hassle!
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2009-10-25 21:50:16 PDT (-0700)

They’ll get a piece and a half of my mind if they ever try this on me.