October Mushroom Hike

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On Saturday, October 24th from 10:00am – 3:00pm, Coast Range Forest Watch will hold our popular fall mushroom hike and workshop! Maria Farinacci, a regional mycologist, will be leading a mushrooming excursion in the Elliott State Forest. We will learn about the ecology and biology of fungi as well as useful identification and harvesting techniques. This event requires a RSVP and we are suggesting a 5-10$ donation for our instructor’s time. To RSVP : send an e-mail to coastrangeforestwatch@gmail.com with the number of people in your party and we’ll add you to the list. There will be a cap of 40 attendees and we’re opening the RSVP up to our announcement list first, so reserve your spot now!

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Elliott State Forest Old Growth Hike

Old Growth Elliott Hike

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Citizen Survey Day Flier 2015

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Here’s our seasonal event calendar:

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Spring Mushroom Hike

Join us in exploring fungal life in the Salander Creek area as it meanders into Loon Lake. The Salander Creek drainage was recently protected as habitat for the endangered marbled murrelet, except for 32 acres that were logged in 2014. The hike will be along a grassy road, and as much as two miles round trip. But after all, the Elliott is public land, so explore to your heart’s content.

Because springtime can be hit or miss for some of our favorite gourmet mushroom varieties, this hike will be geared towards learning the things mushrooms do all year round in the soil to benefit the habitat in which they live. Did you know that some plants rely on the network of fungus in the shallow topsoil to share nutrients with the plants around them? Find out more at this hike.

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Spring Equinox and Plant ID picnic: a great combination

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Come as a novice or seasoned botanist! Join us for a weekend picnic where we will be learning and identifying some of the plants around our area; plants both common and unique. The hike is along a decommissioned road so the going will not be tough. The old road runs along the side of a very productive Coho salmon stream, and highlights Coast Range forest and wetland ecosystems. We hope to see you there.

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