THIS time of year is often popular with people looking for mushrooms in state forests in the region.
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Forestry Corporation of NSW, however, is reminding people to stay safe and be aware of COVID-19 and post-fire limitations this year.
Safety comes first, Forestry Corporation community programs co-ordinator Nikki Bennetts said.
"When it comes to mushrooms, if in doubt, throw it out," she said.
She said some mushrooms contain toxins and can make people extremely sick and NSW Health does not recommend picking and eating any wild mushrooms, as some species can cause poisoning including liver and/or kidney failure.
"We cannot emphasise strongly enough that you must correctly identify your mushrooms before picking them," she said.
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