When signing up for a foray or hike in the US Forest Lands:
As lawful consideration for being permitted by Walk in the Woods to participate in mushroom hunting and hiking, I do hereby release from any legal liability, Walk in the Woods, the United States Forest Service, and all of their officers, members, organizations, agents and employees for any and all injury or death caused by or resulting from my participation in the foray or hike, whether or not such injury or death was caused by their negligence or from any cause.
I further agree not to sue, claim against, attach the property of or prosecute Walk in the Woods, the United States Forest Service, and all of their officers, members, affiliated organizations, agents and employees for any injury or death caused by or resulting from my participation in mushroom hunting and hiking, whether or not such injury or death was caused by their negligence or from any other cause.
Visitor Acknowledgment of Risk - National Park Service
In consideration of the services of Walk in the Woods their officers, agents, employees, and stockholders, and all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereafter collectively referred to as “ Walk in the Woods”) I agree as follows:
Although Walk in the Woods has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, however, I acknowledge that this activity is not without risk.
Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or in extreme cases, permanent trauma or death. Walk in the Woods does not want to frighten me or reduce my enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to expect and to be informed of the inherent risks. The following describes some, but not all, of those risks.
Hiking, walking, searching in the woods, picking mushrooms, and taking home mushrooms for the purpose of eating or using them in arts and crafts.
I am aware that mushroom hunting entails risks of injury or death to any participant. I understand the description of these inherent risks is not complete and that other unknown or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury or death. I agree to assume and accept full responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate, and I elect to participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks.
I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different from other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of Walk in the Woods has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity.
I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death, or loss of personal property and expenses as a result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity.
I have carefully read, clearly understood, and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon me, my heirs, assigns, personal representative, and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK
I (we) certify that I (we) have the necessary skills and ability to participate in the said activity and assume full responsibility for myself (ourselves) for bodily injury, loss of personal property, and expenses thereof as a result of my (our) negligence in participating in the said activity.
I (we) also agree to abide by the rules or instructions given to (us) either verbally or in writing by Walk in the Woods personnel. I (we) further understand that Walk in the Woods reserves the right to refuse to allow any person to participate who is judged to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the said activity.
I (we) have read, understood, and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon me (us) during the entire period of participation in the said activity.