The Cascade Mycological Society grew out of a large and involved community of fungi devotees in and around Lane County who had benefitted from and put energies into first-rate mycological activities such as the annual Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival and excellent courses at Lane Community College. Missing a local organization to follow in the traditions of the Emerald Mycological Society of the 1970′s, and after several years of informal gatherings, we incorporated as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in 1999. The vision statement of CMS is:
- to study fungi;
- to educate members and the public about fungi identification and ecology;
- to promote the conservation of fungi;
- to promote health and safety in the gathering and consumption of edible fungi; and last but not least,
- to have fun!
In our first year, CMS accomplished A LOT:
- Formed the Board of Directors and a healthy preliminary membership
- Conducted regular Board meetings.
- Conducted 6 general meetings with excellent speakers on topics such as identification of edibles, ecology, monitoring and sustainable harvest, and “mushrooms around the house”
- Raised funds to finalize incorporation as a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.
- Sponsored the visually stunning Taylor Lockwood multi-media fungi show.
- Adopted formal by-laws; revised formal by-laws; re-revised formal by-laws!
- Collected for and helped organize the Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Show
- Led 3 forays (Fall, to the coast; Fall jointly with North American Truffling Society; and Spring, to the Cascades).
- Sent comments on the ecological effects to fungi proposed in the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to the President’s Forest Plan.
- Began forming reciprocal relationships with other mycological societies in the region.
- Initiated the CMS web site, e-mail membership and volunteer lists
- Developed logo, letterhead, and brochure
- Began work with the Forest Service for cooperative research on the rare fungus Bridgeoporus nobilissimus.
- Welcomed the Eugene District Bureau of Land Management as our first Institutional Member.
- Honored longtime Lane Community College mentor Freeman Rowe as Member for Life.
- Had lots of good times, great pot-lucks, and by-law moments!!!
- Launched the new CMS newsletter!!
- Membership drive: “Operation Hyphae”
- More great times, great pot-lucks, educational events, and gatherings!!!
- More forays and walks, species lists and new finds.
- Resume Monthly general meetings with stellar speakers and presentations.
- Our first general meeting this year is September 14th, 7:30. Lane Community College Forum Building, room 308. Everyone is welcome.
- Beautiful, expanded, and interactive web site!!!
- Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Show even more displays, CMS booth, and more!!!
- CMS T-shirts (look for them at the Mushroom Show)
- Board Elections.
- Development and dissemination of research opportunities.
- Conservation and ecological work.
- Taylor Lockwood multi-media show “Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi.”
- More coordination with other mycological societies, regionally and nationally.