Cordyceps in Kurtoe and Gangzur Gewog

Sangay Wangchuk, Karma Thukten, Jamyang Tenzin

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Abstract

Upon the directives of the Department of Forests and Park Services, the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment undertook social survey on the claim received from the communities of Kurtoe and Gangzur gewog in Lhuntse with regards to the presence of Cordyceps in the gewog. We found that, communities of both these gewogs are convinced on presence of Cordyceps in their area as they claim to have come across it during their trip to the mountains of their gewogs while accompanying the officials from Wangchuck Centennial National Park. A preliminary assessment was undertaken by some communities with the help of a veteran Cordyceps collector from Bumdeling, Trashi Yangtse, which was not very positive.
However, those who accompanied the survey team from WCNP claim to have come across good growth of Cordyceps in Pasalum and nearby areas along with disturbed sites and concealed rations possibly belonging to illegal Cordyceps collectors across the border.
We recommend undertaking thorough on-ground assessment of the claim during the next Cordyceps collection season. The assessment should cover both the quantity and quality of Cordyceps growing in the area to determine if it warrants issuing permits to collect.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBumthang, Bhutan
PublisherUgyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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