Yearly Archives: 2006

Oregon Truffle Festival January 27-29, 2006

This year the Cascade Mycological Society is an official sponser of the Oregon Truffle Festival. For more information about the festival visit

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CMS General Meeting Thursday, December 14th 2006 7:30pm

December is grow your own month for the mushroom lover. If it’s not been such a good season for collecting, why not consider growing your own delicious edible mushrooms? Ryan Woolverton and Kyle Hammon will give a presentation that will demonstrate the best methods for home cultivation of mushrooms. The general information given tonight will be an excellent lead-in to the workshop on Dec 16 2006. No charge.

December 14 2006 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm.
Meet at the LCC campus (Directions)
For more information, please call Kyle at 463-5447 or email to
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Mushroom Species Lists

Mount Pisgah Mushroom Show Species List 1983-2006
Download Excel Spreadsheet
Download PDF

Hendricks Park Species List

Download Word Document

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Mushroom Grower’s Workshop – December 16th 2006

Grower’s Workshop on December 16 from 10am to 4pm.
Ryan Woolverton and Kyle Hammon will teach this exciting opportunity for everyone to produce their own mushrooms. The techniques taught at this workshop can be applied to small to large scales, so apartment-dwellers and those living on large acreages are encouraged to attend the workshop. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have made an oyster mushroom “log” that should produce about 3 pounds of mushrooms. We encourage participants to experiment by bringing three pounds of an organic material of their choice…. Cardboard, cotton, linen, or hemp rags, are all excellent possibilities for us to explore.

The cost for this event is $10. Please contact Kyle at 463-5447 for more information and to register for the workshop
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ENHS Lecture –"Truffles of Oregon"–Friday November 17th, 2006

The Eugene Natural History Society presents a free public lecture: “Truffles of Oregon” by Dr. Charles Lefevre, President of the North American Truffling Society
Friday, November 17, 7:30PM, Room 100, Willamette Hall, UO Campus
For more information, visit the ENHS website

CMS meeting -Thursday, November 9th, 2006

The Cascade Mycological Society welcomes all to a presentation by Jim Wells of Oregon Wild Edibles. Jim will be speaking about the commercial, social, and economic issues of mushroom harvesting. Jim’s expertise includes the collection and marketing of truffles and other fungi. Date: Thursday, November 9. Time: 7:30-9:00 PM. Place: Room 115, building 16 (Science Building), Lane Community College Main Campus. CMS meetings are held the second Thursday of the month September-May.

Map and directions can be found on our website.

Usual Foray Meeting Location

Our regular foray meeting place is the South Eugene High School located at 400 E. 19th Ave. You’ll find us in the parking lot on the east side of the school (Patterson and 19th). Depending on circumstances the group may gather in the NE or the SE side of the lot. This parking lot is occasionally a meeting place for more than one group of outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re unsure, just ask some of the folks milling about if they are associated with CMS.

Map of South Eugene High School

November 2006 Foray Schedule

Mushroom Walk at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum
Saturday, November 4, 2006, 12 – 2pm

It’s mushroom season! Take a walk through the Arboretum’s forested trails with experienced mycologists, Chris Melotti and Molly Widmer of the Cascade Mycological Society, and hunt for these fascinating fungi. Discuss identification, habitat, characteristics, natural history and the role of fungi within an ecosystem. Contact Mt. Pisgah Arboretum for additional details.

Saturday, November 11th, 2006 9am
Meet at the South Eugene High School Parking lot at 9:00am. Foray location and leader to be announced. Call Grace at 541.431.0060 for more details.

Introductory Mushroom Walk at Hendricks Park
Saturday, November 18th, 2006, 1-3pm
CMS members Peg Boulay and Bruce Newhouse will lead an introductory walk at Hendricks Park exploring fungi of the forest. See the Friends of Hendricks Park web site for more details:
Location: Hendricks Park/ F.M. Wilkins Picnic Shelter, 2200 Summit Ave
Contact: Hendricks Park office: 682-5324 or FoHP: 607-4066

Sunday, November 19th, 9am
Lets find some tantalizing edible fungi for our Thanksgiving tables! Meet at the South Eugene High School parking lot at 9:00am. Foray location and leader to be announced. Call Grace at 541.431.0060 for more details.

In the Beginning – CMS and the Pisgah Festival

By Molly Widmer

How does the Cascade Mycological Society (CMS) fit in with the fall Mushroom Festival at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum (MPA)? Well, CMS is a 501c3 educational non-profit organization incorporated in 1999 “to study fungi; to educate members and the public about fungal identification and ecology; to promote conserva-tion of fungi; to promote safety in the gathering and consumption of edible fungi; and to HAVE FUN! CMS’s annual participation in the fall Mushroom Festival at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum satisfies all of these goals!

The group’s history is intricately tied in with that of the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum as well as Lane Community College (LCC). The three community organizations have connecting threads just like the mycelial strands that tie together mushrooms and their habitats. Freeman Rowe and Marcia Peeters were early originators and the incredible energy behind Mt. Pisgah Arboretum’s annual fall fundraising event, the MPA Mushroom Festival. They still grace the Mushroom Festival with their huge talent and dedication, providing critical organizational and identification skills that keep the mushroom display one of the best around. You are invited to bring your mystery fungi to the Identification Table at the show; and whether or not you bring specimens, don’t forget to pop in and say hi to these fine fungal celebrities!

But what is the Lane Community College connection? Freeman Rowe taught botany at LCC for many years, and also originated the incredibly popular Biology of Mushrooms class, which he taught until his retirement in 1996. The class remains popular, and today is taught by Marcia Peeters, one of Eugene’s best field mycologists, one of Freeman’s most talented students, and for many years the fearless bus driver for the LCC mushroom class weekend fieldtrips.
Cascade Mycological Society grew like a beautiful wild mushroom from the fertile mycelium of the LCC class and the MPA Mushroom Festival. CMS was originally developed and incorporated primarily by enthusiastic students of Freeman Rowe’s at LCC, and today many CMS members are past or present students of the Biology of Mushrooms class – more than a few of them repeat enrollees!

The MPA Mushroom Festival is today still supported by LCC, especially participants of the Biology of Mushrooms class. Together with members of CMS and many volunteers from the community at large, students have historically provided critical volunteer labor for collecting and setting up one of the largest fungal displays on the west coast, with named species numbering in the several hundreds each year. Volunteers for the show contribute hundreds of hours each year, to collect, identify, and display these ephemeral marvels of nature, beauty, and intrigue.

CMS is pleased to help MPA organize this important fundraiser. And we welcome new members as we begin a new fungal season of forays, talks, and special events. The public is invited to all CMS events and membership is not required.

This year’s MPA Mushroom Festival poster depicts a familiar edible fungus in our area, the Shaggy Mane (Latin name Coprinus comatus). The fall season brings many ecological changes to our corner of the world, and this mushroom is one of the developments you may notice in town or in on edges of woods in grassy areas, disturbed ground, roadsides, and trails. It is edible and many consider it very tasty, especially dredged in beaten egg and crushed saltines, then fried until golden, but of course only after POSITIVE identification.

When the proper environmental triggers occur (rain, cool temperatures, etc.) an underground mycelium (the threadlike network of tissue which makes up the bulk of the fungal organism) will produce a “fruiting body” or mushroom. This process can be rather rapid – days or even hours – and the mushroom can exhibit amazing growth and upward pressure, pushing up through soil, or in the case of Shaggy Manes, sometimes even asphalt!

Another amazing trait of Shaggy Manes is their unusual method of spore dispersal. Often referred to as “Inky Caps,” these mushrooms are unlike many common edible mushrooms which produce dry spores, often carried to new areas by air currents. (That more common dispersal process creates the “spore print” often captured on paper to observe its color and aid mushroom identification.) Inky Caps, however, rely on a unique process whereby the spore-bearing gills dissolve, or “deliquesce” into an inky black liquid, rich with spores. It is this liquid which, given the appropriate habitat, begins the cycle of life again. This trait may be good for new crops of mushrooms, but it is less attractive to the would-be gourmet or gourmand! If you are lucky enough to have properly identified Shaggy Manes for the table, be sure to keep them refrigerated and use them immediately, or you too will know why they are called Inky Caps!

Note: Deliquescing is a chemical reaction which can be arrested by placing the mushroom in an oxygen-free environment. We display the Coprinus comatus at the MPA mushroom show in a water-filled jar, a trick learned from the Lincoln County Mycological Society.


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