Energy, Mines and Resources

Forestry

Morels and other mushrooms

Please note: Not all wild mushrooms are edible. Do not rely on this website or the documents posted to identify edible mushrooms. Eating wild mushrooms can be dangerous and can result in severe illness or death.


A cluster of morel mushroomsMorel mushrooms

In Yukon, forest fires are inevitable occurrences. For reasons not entirely understood, morel mushrooms tend to “fruit” in abundance in burned areas of coniferous forests in the spring following a summer fire.


Harvesting morels

You do not need a permit if you are harvesting for personal use.

If you plan on selling the morels you pick, you need a Commercial Harvest of Morel Mushrooms Forest Resources Permit. There is no fee for this permit which authorizes you to harvest morels and outlines any conditions you must meet.

Always carry your morel permit with you when harvesting morels commercially in Yukon. If you don’t, you can be fined under the Summary Convictions Act. Other charges could also be laid, depending on the nature of the offence.


More on mushrooms in Yukon

Following insects, fungi are the second most diverse group of organisms in the world, and some estimate that only 10 to 15% of all North American fungi have even been described. Mushrooms play an important role in every ecosystem in Yukon. Many are decomposers that help to break down dead plants. Others specialize in further breaking down organic material mixed in the soil. Some species of mushroom have symbiotic relationships with plants. The mushrooms act as root extensions, trading nutrients and water for sugars and other organic compounds from the plant. The fungi help retain water and can assist in soil stabilization.


Additional resources

These links provide further information that might be useful should you be considering harvesting mushrooms in Yukon this summer.