Filmmaker’s Statement

Although this film is a collaborative effort between several people, this blog will express my own opinions only.

I’m equally concerned about the working conditions of commercial mushroom pickers as I am about the impact of the harvest on the ecosystems. I believe that the management of natural resources should be regulated, and that that process should involve local and transient communities as much as possible. I believe that the Forest Service deserves more support in the form of better funding in order to fulfill its mission in the best way possible. I hope that our film can 1) improve the relationship between commercial mushroom pickers and forest managers, 2) improve the relationship between commercial and recreational pickers, 3) improve the working conditions for both pickers and managers, 4) contribute to the conversation about immigrants and immigration, and 5) improve the overall management of our public forests.

Happy mushroom picking!

-Olivier Matthon

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