Yearly Archives: 2005

2005 – Spring 2006 Schedule

Jan 12th 2006 Thusday

“Truffles in Oregon and around the world”
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Charlie Lefevre. Charlie is an authority on the identification and cultivation of truffles and later this month (January 26-29) will be directing the Oregon Truffle Festival. Festival events include meals prepared by expert chefs, cultivation workshops, and field trips to collect truffles. For more information see or call Dr. Lefevre at 513-4176.

Where: Room 115, Math/Science Bldg (#16) LCC Main Campus
When: Thurs. Jan 12th 7:30pm
Contact: Kyle Hammon (463-5447, for more information.

Feb 9th 2006 Thursday

“Fungal Feast”
The fungal feast is an annual event co-sponsored by CMS and LCC’s Culinary Arts Program. This year the feast will be held in the LCC Cafeteria, Center Bldg. lower level. CMS provides wild and cultivated mushrooms and Culinary Art students provide the artistic interpretation of world cuisine with a focus on fine fungi. Our aim for this event is to provide an educational opportunity for members of the public to learn more about edible fungi. There’s always lots of food, so this is no mere tasting of samples! Cost is sliding scale of $5-$15, no reservations required.

Where: LCC Cafeteria, Center Bldg. LCC Main Campus
When: Thursday Feb. 9th 7:00pm
Contact: Kyle Hammon (463-5447, for more information.

Mar 9th 2006 Thursday

“Dyeing with Fungi”
Dyeing with fungi is a workshop/demonstration with Beth Miltko.

Where: Room 115, Science Bldg. LCC Main Campus
When: Thursday Mar. 9th 7:30pm
Contact: Kyle Hammon (463-5447, for more information.

Apr 13th 2006 Thursday

“Truffles of Oregon”
Presentation on Truffles of Oregon by Matt Trappe.

Where: Room 115, Science Bldg. LCC Main Campus
When: Thursday Apr. 13th 7:00pm
Contact: Kyle Hammon (463-5447, for more information.

May 25th 2006 Thursday

“Mushrooms of Central America”
Presentation on Mushrooms of Central America by Orson and Hope Miller.

Where: Room 115, Science Bldg. LCC Main Campus
When: Thursday May 25th 7:30pm
Contact: Kyle Hammon (463-5447, for more information.

CMS is in the process of scheduling future speakers and topics for the 2006 season
Check back for the updates.

Bridgeoporus nobilisimus

This is a “huge” fundraiser for CMS.


Bridgeoporus nobilissimus sighting by CMS surveyors confirmed!

This is an 2005 update to the 2003 CMS surveys for the elusive Fuzzy Green Pizza! Following up on CMS’s Bridgeoporus nobilissimus survey contract with the Forest Service, we have this update: Molly Widmer spotted found one of these rare giant polypores in the Gordon Lakes area of the Sweet Home Ranger District. District Botanist Alice Smith confirmed the find to us recently. This unusual conk fungus only grows with true fir at high elevations (above the ?true fir line?) and only in the west-side forests of the Pacific Northwest. If the area around the discovery is not already protected, the confirmed presence of Bridgeoporus could result in this beautiful area receiving additional protection from logging and other human disturbance. Add to this the funds that CMS earned for the survey work, and it appears the project has been quite a success! Special thanks to Chris Melotti, originator and organizer of the proposal and of many survey trips.

The folowing is the original information on the reseach and survey project by CMS.

You won’t find it lurking in the dark, hidden corners of your refridgerator. It lives in the beautiful Cascade Mountains, growing in old-growth forests or on large remnant stumps. It is Bridgeoporus nobilissimus, usually called the “noble polypore,” but affectionately known as the “green pizza with a crew cut.” It is a rare fungus, known only from westside forests in the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about this conk, Cascade Mycological Society joined with the US Forest Service to conduct surveys for research on its distribution and habitat.

In 2003, Cascade Mycological Society entered into a Challenge Cost Share Agreement with the Willamette National Forest’s Sweet Home and Detroit Ranger Districts. B. nobbilissimus (or BRNO) is a perennial conk which can grow to huge proportions. BRNO is a “Survey & Manage” species which will get protection when found.’Underside of BRNO’ This was an excellent opportunity for people to gain experience looking for this rare species. Training was provided, however, participants found that this was HARD WORK. The effort was fun, even with the steep ground, wet weather and all the usual things that come with “bushwhacking” through all ages of forests in the Cascades.

We conducted “intuitive controlled surveys” for this rare species. Chris Melotti was the coordinator with the help of experienced and novice fungi surveyors alike.

Botanist Susan Holmes posing next to
a BRNO she found doing her surveying.

Special Events: 2005-2006

Here are some other 2005-Spring 2006 fungal happenings!

Oregon Mycological Society Annual Mushroom Show, Portland, Oregon, October 16, 2005
Photography exhibit, slide show, mushrooms as dyes exhibit, truffle exhibit, cultivation materials, cooking demonstrations, mushroom books and guides, identification table. From noon to 5:00 p.m. at Cheetham Hall of the World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road in Portland. Check the website for more information.

The Sixth Annual Yachats Village Mushroom Fest, October 14, 15, 16, 2005
Fabulous wild mushroom cuisine, guided mushroom walks, talks, exhibits and identification. Cooking demonstrations, fungi products, music, entertainment and lots of FUN-gi! The Yachats Village Mushroom Fest is sponsored by the Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce and is generously supported by the Cape Perpetua Visitors Center and Scenic Area, Yachats Restaurants, the Yachats Lodging Association, Forest Ecologist Marla Gillham, OSU Faculty, Students and Alumni, the Lincoln County Mycological Society, Cascade Mycological Society (hey that’s us–we will have a booth there), the North American Truffling Society, and many Yachats area businesses, naturalists and culinary mushroom enthusiasts. Most events will be held in Room 8 of the Yachats Commons. The schedule will be posted online soon. ,br />Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce,
241 Hwy 101, PO Box 728, Yachats, OR 97498
For information: 541-547-3530, 1-800-929-0477 |

Fall 2005 NATS events
The North American Truffling Society (NATS) is a non-profit organization based in Corvallis, Oregon, that brings together amateurs and professionals who are interested in hypogeous (belowground) fungi. Many CMS members are NATS members as well.

Saturday, October 1 foray to Strawberry Hill on the coast south of Yachats in search of Thaxterogaster pavelekii.

Tuesday, October 4 meeting, Richardson Hall Room 313, 30th Street on Jefferson Way on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, 7:30pm. The speaker will be NATS vice-president and Ph.D. candidate Kentaro Hosaka, who will talk about his travels with Hysterangium.

Saturday, November 5 foray to the Black Rock area west of Falls City to find the newly described and mysterious Rhizopogon ater.

Tuesday, November 8 meeting, OSU Richardson Hall Room 313, 7:30pm. The speaker will be Trufflemaster Matt Trappe on the subject of “Truffles in Context: A Mycological Overview.”

Saturday, November 26 foray to either Wiley Creek or Starker Bordette tree farm.

All NATS activities are free and open to the public. For more information, check the NATS website at or join. Annual dues are $10 for individuals (plus $5 for each additional family member), and $15 for international memberships. Send a check payable to NATS, P.O. Box 296, Corvallis, OR 97339. Please include your phone number, street address, and email address. NATS membership dues are fully tax-deductible.

Wild Mushrooms 2005: The 22nd Annual Breitenbush Mushroom Gathering
Breitenbush Hot Springs Resort and Conference Center, October 6-9: The Breitenbush community hosts the 22nd Annual Wild Mushroom Gathering and Conference deep in the forested foothills of the Oregon Cascades. Local experts lead guided tours into the surrounding forest to collect specimens to admire, identify and study. Collected wild edible mushrooms will be cooked by professional chef Michael Blackwell (of Whole Foods) and interested mushroom gatherers. This hands on cooking and tasting event celebrates the flavors and special aromas of wild edible fungi. A mushroom identification display will be created during the conference to both educate and admire. Experience the joy of mushroom lectures in the evening, then soak in the springs and let your mind relax and recall the beauty of the mushrooms you found in the lovely forests surrounding Breitenbush. Featured speakers will be Dr. Susan Libonatti who will lecture on mushroom anatomy and ethnomycology or human uses of Fungi. World renowned Dorothy Beebee is an artist who began her mushroom related career illustrating the first book about mushroom dyeing and now teaches natural dyeing with mushrooms to students around the world. Paul Kroeger, an expert of Hot Springs Biology, will be the conference mycologist and lead the identification workshops. The culinary expert, Chef Michael Blackwell, will lead a journey of mushroom tasting. There will be guided forays to collect mushrooms for study and the table. Maggie Rogers will be the book expert and Judy Roger, a local mushroom expert, will familiarize people with mushrooms of the area. For information, contact Breitenbush at (503)854-3321 or at The cost is $109 plus cost of lodging.

Fall Fruiters class at the Siskiyou Field Institute, Ashland, Oregon, November 11-14, 2005
Beginner’s course November 11-12; intermediate course November 13-14. Learn about mycology at what is often the height of mushroom season for a two-part course with both lab and field time. The first two days will teach how to use identification keys for common fungi. A basic familiarity with compound microscopes is useful but not required. The following two days are for intermediate to advanced fungal students (those taking the first session are encouraged to enroll in the second), and will teach more keying, review important field and lab characteristics, and discussion of the local flora. For the intermediate class, A basic familiarity with compound microscopes is required. Lectures will focus on taxonomy and systematics. The class will spend some time collecting in the diverse Siskiyou slopes near Wagner Butte. Tuition is $90 for one class or $180 for both. To enroll or for more information contact the Siskiyou Field Institute at (541)592-3777 or online at

3rd International Medicinal Mushroom Conference, Port Townsend, Washington October 12-17th, 2005
The conference is sponsored by Fungi Perfecti, LLC. The focus of the conference will be the potential of mushrooms to counter smallpox and similar viruses. For more details go to

We only have e-mail addresses for about 2/3rds of our members, so please pass on the word to your mycological friends!