Q. Can I harvest mushrooms in Minnesota state parks and state forests?
A. It’s OK to harvest edible fruit and mushrooms in state parks as long as they are only for personal, noncommercial use. However, you are not allowed to pick wildflowers or other plants (edible or not), even for personal use in Minnesota state parks and state forests.
In state forests, you also may harvest mushrooms and fruit for personal use. If picking for commercial sales, you need to first get a permit from your local forestry office.
— Amy Barrett
Barrett is a Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division public information officer.
Q. What is Arbor Month?
A. While National Arbor Day is held the last Friday in April, Minnesota is one of only a few states to also celebrate Arbor Month. May is Arbor Month in Minnesota, which gives residents 31 days to celebrate trees, and it allows people in the northern part of the state to hold tree planting events once the ground has thawed.
This year’s Arbor Month theme, “Get your daily dose of trees for a healthy you and me,” celebrates the health benefits of trees. Urban neighborhoods with more trees have lower childhood asthma rates because trees absorb and trap air pollutants and particles. Trees also have a natural calming effect, which helps relax and restore the mind. If you are feeling crabby or stressed out, a walk in the woods might be all the medicine you need. In other words, plant a tree this Arbor Month because it’s good for your health.
Visit mndnr.gov/arbormonth and watch our new video on how trees keep us healthy.
— Jennifer Teegarden
Teegarden is a DNR forestry outreach specialist.