Provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Lincoln County Forest Deputy Gary Davey located fresh evidence of someone illegally harvesting Oregon Truffles on Hancock Forest – Nestucca property east of Logsden. Deputy Davey contacted 26 year-old Edward Parker of Halsey who was seen in the area. An investigation revealed Parker had harvested 10.5 ounces of Oregon Black and White Truffles without a permit from the landowner.
Parker was cited for Cutting and Transporting a Special Forest Product without a permit, a Class B Misdemeanor, Theft in the second degree, a Class A Misdemeanor and Criminal Mischief in the second degree, a Class B Misdemeanor. Parker’s bail was set at $32,500.
House Bill 2615 amended the state statute on the harvesting of special forest products to broaden the category of “edible mushrooms” to “edible fungi”, thus including truffles. Other special forest products already subject to harvest regulation under the law include firewood, cedar shake bolts, and greens such as tree boughs and salal. HB 2615 also places a requirement on individuals and businesses that buy truffles harvested in Oregon’s forests to maintain a record of their purchases.