For a quite some time I have worked as outdoor play advocate and to provide information for parents and kids both grassroots and online with
my website ActiveKidsClub is building on the concept of "friluftsliv” It
is a Norwegian word and it means:
"Friluftsliv" means spending time outside and experiencing nature first-hand. People who spend time in our mountains, fjords
and forests develop a greater understanding of interactions between species and
the ecological balance, and are offered the possibility of recreation,
rejuvenation and the benefits of increased physical activity and reduced stress
levels through a connection with nature and quality time with friends and loved
ones. Friluftsliv is a way of life upbringing and every-day life; it's what
they seek on their days off, weekends and vacations.
Examples of typical friluftsliv experiences include:
• Exploring nature on foot or with skis during the winter
• Experiencing nature by biking, boating, canoeing, skating, etc.
• Experiencing additional activities during walks such as fishing, hunting, berry picking, mushroom gathering, photography or observing plants and birds
I have tried to get information about rules about gathering berry and mushroom picking for people living in US and Canada. I think is a very important part of spending time outside with family and friends.
I also have got a lot of response on twitter I'm not the only one wondering about this subject.
I know that different states and provinces in US and Canada have different rules. I was lucky to visit Newfoundland last year, and did find they have a great picking culture in NFL.
Anyone else out there knows about picking culture here in North America, as well in UK and Scotland ?
I would love to hear about your picking culture where you live and rules.
Here in Scotland we have the Scottish Outdoor Access Code which states "Customary picking of wild fungi and berries for your own consumption is not affected by legislation. Care for the environment by following any agreed guidance for this activity. However being on or crossing land or water for the purpose of taking away, for
commercial purposes or profit, anything in or on the land or water is excluded from access rights."
http://www.woodsmoke.uk.com/documents/files/edible_mushroom_pickers... This is the link to the Wild Mushroom Code of Conduct that should be followed across the UK. There may be a similar guide to foraging for berries.
But I too am interested to know what's happening elsewhere.