If you plan to harvest morels this spring, take caution in areas near water

If you plan to harvest morels this spring, take caution in areas near water
A yellow morel mushroom BH MEDIA GROUP

If you plan to harvest Morel mushrooms this spring: take note. The Douglas County Extension office warns not to harvest them from previously flooded areas.

The mushrooms’ porous surface makes them too hard to adequately clean. Mushrooms growing in areas that were affected by the widespread flooding should be avoided entirely, even after a suggested 120-day waiting period.

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Louisville, Two Rivers and Fremont recreation areas could be open in a few weeks

Louisville, Two Rivers and Fremont State Recreation Areas could be open in a few weeks, the Game and Parks said Friday.

Now that the water is starting to recede, parks chief Jim Swenson said the commission has been able to do more assessments.

“We’re very optimistic with what we’re finding,” he said.

They have discovered some heavy damage but not enough to close recreation areas or parks for an extended time.

“That’s dependent on weather,” Swenson said. “If it’s going to start raining again, that will slow us down.”

The new Schramm Education Center was untouched by flooding. There was water on the grounds.

Volunteers have been asked to help with cleanup. He expects that to start some time in April. Some roads still need to be patched and brought back into working order.

“Public safety is the most important thing we’re considering now,” he said.

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