Annual permits for matsutake mushrooms go on sale from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13

Corvallis, OR, June 28, 2018 – Annual permits for matsutake mushrooms go on sale from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area office, 855 Hwy. 101, in Reedsport. Anyone gathering matsutake mushrooms within the Siuslaw National Forest for the purpose of selling must carry a commercial-use permit while picking.

One hundred permits will be available for sale at $250 a permit. One permit per person. Permits will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

To purchase a permit, the following information must be provided:

  • Valid identification card issued by a state or U.S. federal government
  • Vehicle make, model and license plate number

Permits can be purchased using cash, check or credit card.

After Aug. 13, unsold permits can be purchased out of the Siuslaw National Forest headquarters in Corvallis, the Central Coast Ranger Station in Waldport and the ODNRA office in Reedsport.

No permits are needed if gathering matsutakes for personal use. Personal use restrictions are six matsutakes per person a day, and the mushroom must be cut in half length-wise immediately upon harvesting to remove its commercial value.

Please be aware that similarly looking poisonous mushrooms exist in the same area as matsutakes. Do not disturb topsoil when searching for matsutakes by digging or raking. Upon harvesting a matsutake, return soil or debris attached to the stem back into the cavity created by the removed mushroom and cover the hole.

For more information, contact the ODNRA office at 541-271-6000.



Historic vessels to offer tours and sails at

Astoria City Dock and East Mooring Basin, July 27 – 29

June 21, 2018 – History will come alive in Coos Bay this July as the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain make their return trip to Astoria. The tall ships, part of the Aberdeen-based nonprofit Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, sail the waters of the Pacific each year offering educational programs, free deck tours, and sailing excursions.

From July 27th – 29th, Lady Washington will be docked at Astoria City Dock (17th St. and Marine Dr.) and Hawaiian Chieftain will be docked at East Mooring Basin (36th St and Leif Erickson Dr.). On weekdays, schools can reserve a trip aboard the tall ships for the Historical Seaport’s one-of-a-kind maritime heritage field trip Voyage of Explorers. On weekends the tall ships are open to the general public for ticketed Adventure Sail, Battle Sail, and Evening Sail events. For the seasickness-prone but curious, stationary dockside Vessel Tours are available Tuesday – Sunday for a $5 suggested donation. The boats can also be Chartered for private events including weddings and workplace team builders.

Launched in 1989 in Aberdeen, WA, Lady Washington is the official ambassador of the state of Washington and a replica of the original vessel of the same name, which was the first American ship to make landfall on the West Coast. The steel hulled Hawaiian Chieftain was launched in 1988 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Together they are among the most active tall ships in America, visiting approximately 40 ports each year. The tall ships offer a glimpse into our historic past, introducing people of all ages to the sights and sounds of 18th and 19th century maritime life.



July 27 (Friday)
Vessel Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)

Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($42-$49)

July 28 (Saturday)

Battle Sail: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($42-$79)

Battle Sail: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($42-$79)

Evening Sail: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($42-$49)

July 29 (Sunday)

Vessel Tours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 donation)

Adventure Sail: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($42-$49) [Hawaiian Chieftain]

Battle Sail: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($42-$79)

July 16 (Monday)


July 17 (Tuesday)

Passage to Blaine (Est. Trip Time: 53 hours) ($360)

Tickets available for purchase here:

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is an educational non-profit based in Aberdeen, Washington. In addition to school programs and public sailing, the tall ships are also active sail training vessels. Anyone over age 16 is eligible to join the crew through the Two Weeks Before the Mast volunteer sailing program. Those pursuing a career in the commercial maritime industry can also consider enrolling in the Historical Seaport’s Sea School Northwest, a job training program to provide knowledge and mentorship for professional maritime fields.

If you’re ready to run away to sea, or want to know more about the tall ships and their programs, please visit

The vessel will be docked at
Astoria City Dock (17th St. and Marine Dr.) and
East Mooring Basin (36th St. and Leif Erickson Dr.)

For directions and schedule information, please call (800) 200-5239.

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Click Here for the Tall Ship’s Sailing Schedule

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Governor Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to the Graham Fire

Governor Brown Invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to the Graham Fire

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Graham Fire near Lake Billy Chinook and Cove Palisades State Park. A level 3 evacuation notice was issued to local residents residents.

“To ensure the safety of Jefferson County residents, and given the dry and windy conditions on the ground, I am invoking an emergency declaration to make additional state resources available to firefighters and local first responders,” Governor Kate Brown said.

In accordance with ORS 476.510 – 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.

The Governor’s declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire.

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