The Michigan Department of Natural Resources provides an online interactive map that highlights the state’s 2015 wildfires and prescribed burns – each more than 10 acres in size – to help mushroom hunters in their quest for morels.

“Morel mushrooms are often found in locations where large fires occurred the previous year,” said Jim Fisher, resource protection manager for the DNR Forest Resources Division. “Each spring we get calls from people who are seeking details on those sites to hunt morels. We’ve enhanced the features of this map to give our customers the information they are looking for in a mobile-friendly, easily accessible package.”

The DNR’s interactive Mi-Morels map provides forest cover type information, latitude and longitude coordinates and state-managed land boundary information.

Morel mushrooms commonly sprout in locations burned by wildfires or prescribed burns with a tree canopy; grass or sunlit open areas are less likely to produce the tasty fungi.

“While the map may provide details on the cover type that was burned, it’s up to the user to investigate whether morel mushrooms are growing at any location on the map,” Fisher said. “Just because a spot is marked on the map, it doesn’t mean morels will be growing at the area identified. We’re providing a resource, but it’s up to the hunters to head out to the forest and see what’s available.”

The information and data in the map on burn locations, state forest cover type, and state-managed land boundaries are available for users to interact with and download via the DNR Open Data portal. This site gives residents and public land users of Michigan access to Michigan DNR spatial data and information.

 

 

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  1. This article amazes me, a photo of a very very young child picking/gathering wild mushrooms! Very misleading and poor judgement by the marketing firm GUD used by the Michigan DNR. I pick mushrooms along with friends, we would never allow a child of that age to pick mushrooms. In 2014, there were over 220 wild mushroom poisonings in Michigan and I believe the majority of them occurred during morel time. Mushrooms can be dangerous and/or devastating to some. Not a mention about safety on mushroom picking.

    1. I was surprised too. In this case, it looks like the adult is checking each toadstool, I mean mushroom, that the child picks.

      1. What bothers me is that this article is very misleading parents and young children.Total lack of common sense on publishers end. Makes a person wonder if thewriter even picked a mushroom before..PULL THE PHOTO and add a paragraph on how mushrooms can be dangerous if ID’ED wrong.

      2. Lol. If you knew what you was looking at you would see a father teaching his child. In this case they are morel mushrooms, not toadstools, lol! It’s great to see the dnr encouraging fathers to spend time with thier children outdoors and teaching them how to be safe doing this.

      3. Your saying things I didn’t say, I never said anything about toadstools. Some people may think like you, but believe me, many don’t and children don’t. The photo is misleading and any article should always have safety issues about mushrooms…What would you think if your young child was poisoned by a wild mushroom that he/she picked in the woods and ate it?

      4. do you think many (or any) young children read GON or outdoorhub by themselves? How is offering an interactive map irresponsible? Go back inside where nothing can hurt you and quit poisoning society with fear. Wussification of America at it’s wussiest.

  2. Picture perfect; a father spending time in the woods with his child – teaching them to identify morel mushrooms.

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