Morels sprout beneath dead or dying trees, especially elm, sycamore, oak, maple, ash and cottonwood. Old orchards are another place to search for morels, especially under cherry trees. In the western U.S., where summer forest fires are common, morels emerge in impressive numbers in some burned areas the following spring in response to the rapid release of nutrients into the soil from fire-killed trees.
Morel mushrooms. I soak mine in salt water in the fridge. When I'm ready to cook them, I roll or blend saltine crackers to make fine crumbs or flour. I place the crumbs in an air tight bag. I dip the mushrooms in milk and then shake them in the bag of cracker crumbs to coat. Then, I fry them in oil. It just takes minutes on each side. Yum!!