(Me sitting in a jail cell, fellow inmate asks: "What are you in for?" Me: "Picking Chanterelles in a national-freakin-public-forest!") What part of the word "public" am I not understanding here?
This is just the stupidest thing I've seen in a long time. Even as a hobbyist, I can go to jail for taking something out of the forest that most people couldn't find anyway.
I have to say that the California judge that made this ruling needs to learn to do a little more research before making decisions that effect peoples livlihoods and the economy. Man, I wish I could smack this guy.
Check out the story. It's long, but worth the read.