New rules on Oregon's truffles: Get permits, keep records

Truffle hunters that plan on searching Oregon's forests for the subterranean fungal delicacies now need a permit for this fall's season.

Legislation passed earlier this year adding truffles to the "edible fungi" category of special forest products. They now join other harvest-regulated products like firewood, salal, wild mushrooms and tree boughs.

House Bill 2615 requires truffle hunters to get a permit from a landowner before venturing out into the woods. The bill also states that businesses buying Oregon truffles need to make records of their purchases.

While the department of forestry plans on making a permit form available for the fall season next year, temporary forms are available at all local ODF offices.