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CMS Meeting: “Diversity and dispersal of tropical forest Xylariaceae” with Roo Vandegrift, Thursday, November 13, 2014

Roo Vandegrift is the invited speaker for the November Cascade Mycological Society Meeting.  Meet at  7:00 pm, room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene.

There will be a mushroom show and tell identification session prior to the speaker. Bring what’s in your basket, edible or not, and learn from the experienced members of our community. The talk is free and open to the public.

Roo Vandegrift

Roo Vandegrift

About Roo

Roo Vandegrift was born in the Appalachian mountains of southwestern Virginia, but spent most of his childhood as an Air Force brat. He grew up in a succession of remarkably similarly boring military bases set in remarkably interestingly diverse locations around the world before his parents settled back in Virginia. Roo completed his undergraduate work at Virginia Tech, in Dr. RH Jones’ soil ecology lab, and then worked for several years at a venture capital funded biotech company, where he learned the meaning of “cut-throat” and “exit strategy.” Moving back to his roots, so to speak, he took a lab technician job with Dr. Brenda Casper at the University of Pennsylvania. There, he decided that he really did like fungal ecology enough to start a career in the field.

Roo is now in the fifth, and hopefully final, year of a PhD program in Dr. Bitty Roy’s lab at the University of Oregon, with a fair bit of shared advising by Dr. George Carroll. He received the NSF GRFP in 2011, and the MSA Graduate Fellowship in 2013, in addition to awards from the Sonoma County Mycological Association, the Cascade Mycological Society, and the Mycological Society of San Francisco. Also in 2013, he participated in NSF’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) program in Taiwan, where he was able to work with the incomparable taxonomist Dr. Yu-Ming Ju. In 2014, MSA graciously awarded him the Mentor/Student Travel Award in honor of Dr. Alexopoulos.

Roo’s research is varied, and is tied together by endophytes, the fungi that live asymptomatically in the leaves and other tissues of plants. Among other things, he studies the role of a host-specific Epichloë endophyte in the invasion ecology of a noxious invasive grass in the Pacific Northwest, and the dispersal ecology of Xylaria endophytes in tropical systems, including Ecuador and Taiwan. At this year’s MSA meeting, he was awarded the Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation for his talk on the Epichloë/invasion ecology work, and the paper resulting from that project was recently accepted for publication in Biological Invasions.

After graduation, Roo intends to work on a thoroughly illustrated treatment of the Xylaria of the cloud forest of Ecuador, which will give him an excuse to spend most of a year drawing pictures of some the most morphologically interesting fungi in world. He expects to be actively seeking postdocs in 2016 or ’17, in projects that will allow him to continue practicing illustration as well as mycology. Roo has a particular interest in the taxonomy of neo-tropical stromatic ascomycetes and wood-rot fungi, as well as the ecology of symbiosis, particularly endophytism.

Friday October 24, 2014: Mushroom Photographer Taylor Lockwood

Experience the passion of the world’s leading mushroom photographer. Travel with Taylor across the globe to hunt and find  the most beautiful bioluminescent mushrooms  in countries such as Brazil, China, Madagascar,  New Zealand, Australia, and America. Taylor’s thirty year career in mushroom photography has given him stories from most parts of the globe, and some of the most alluring images of mushrooms ever taken. Be inspired to follow your own dreams.

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Yachats Village Mushroom Fest

Friday, October 17 – Sunday, October 19

The Yachats Village Mushroom Fest is one of the best weekend long festivals in all of Oregon. This tiny coastal village nestled between lush temperate rainforest and the wild Pacific surf provides ideal habitat for mushrooms and mushroom lovers. Experts and enthusiasts from all around the state meet to have a great time and deepen their understanding of mushrooms, the role of fungi in forest ecology, how to grow culinary mushrooms, and how to use mushrooms in the culinary and textile arts.

All Weekend Long

Fungi Exhibits

Jessie Uehling, 2010 Scholarship Recipient

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

New Location: Yachats Lions Hall, W 4th St. and Pontiac (behind Yachats Commons on 4th St.) [#19].

Free Admission

10060778915_a9acf4152c_kNative Forest Fungi Displays and Educational Exhibits Provided and staffed by the Lincoln County Mycological Society, Cascade Mycological Society, and North American Truffling Society. Displays and exhibits will include fresh examples of both edible and toxic wild mushrooms, posters, books and other materials presenting current research on the ecology of wild mushrooms, and an opportunity to ask questions and chat about fungi with people who know and love them!

Guided Mushroom Walks

Guided Walks Schedule

  • Saturday: Walks are scheduled every half hour from 10:00 am to 3 pm.
  • Sunday: Walks are scheduled every half hour from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Chris Leading Mushroom Walk

Register Online

19 guided mushroom walks of various levels (A-D) are offered on easy trails in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Maximum of 12 people on each walk. All walks are free, but pre-registration is required. Select a walk # from the walks schedule above and register online (Brown Paper Tickets). Maximum Read more »

Mushroom Festival


This event has been called one of the best mushroom shows in the country, and the biggest on the West Coast. Cascade Mycological Society (CMS) co-sponsors this spectacular show and celebration with Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and Lane Community College. Lane Community College “Biology of Mushrooms” students collect in day-long foraging expeditions held the weekend prior to the show. Each mushroom collected is carefully sorted, identified and labeled to create amazing displays. CMS volunteers collect, identify and organize more than 350 species of mushrooms in a stunning display of colors, shapes, and sizes.

Bring mushroom specimens to have identified at our “Ask an Expert” booth at the show. Visit our “Edible, Poisonous and Look-Alikes” display to learn about some mushroom species to enjoy and some others to avoid!

Admission is by donation and includes educational activities, amazing food, live music, fresh apple cider pressing, hay rides, a scarecrow contest, and the sale of edible mushrooms and native plants. Visitors also can take guided tours of the Arboretum to learn about the area’s ecology and history.

Free Parking & Shuttle – NO DOGS

Suggested Donation: $8 per person, children under 12 free.


IMG_0961BATitat – Charting Nature – Navillus Press with Bill Sullivan – Sparhawk Farms – Fridays at the Farm – Wear Me Jewels – Wooden Apple Woodturning – Whistle Post Pottery – Wanna Spoon? – Eugene Weaver’s Guild – Earth Dyed

Culinary Demonstrations

11:00am – 11:30am: Three Mushroom Soups Demonstration – Jennifer Burns Bright, Author of the Blog “Culinaria Eugenius

12:00pm – 12:30pm: Wild Mushroom Dumplings Demonstration – Jennifer Burns Bright, Author of the Blog “Culinaria Eugenius

10623519_829443657100421_8095795673519943479_o1:00pm – 2:00pm: Wild Mushroom Camp-Stove Cook-Off – Featuring contestants (1) Sherri Thieben, Owner/operator of Park Street Cafe with has over 20 years of experience in the natural foods business, specializing in ethnic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and free-range meat dishes, (2) Elizabeth Stuart, Local Personal Chef and student enrolled in the mushroom class at LCC, and (3) Georgeann Castor, Self-taught Home Cook and Mushroomery Wildcrafter with lots of experience using and eating Oregon’s fungal bounty. Kimlyn Esser, Eugene Foodies Member, will Emcee this event.

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Mushroom Preservation – Matthew Kilger, Proprietor at Eating Oregon, LLC

4:00pm – 4:30pm: Medicinal Mushrooms: Preparation, Cultivation And Wild Harvesting – Jennifer Olsen, Mushroomery Owner and Wildcrafter


Mushroom RaguBrew Dr. Kombucha – Cafe Mam Coffee – Sweet Cheeks Winery – Hideaway Bakery – Oriental Noodle Village – Viva Vegetarian – Ritta’s Burritos – Holy Cow- Dogs Gone Coastal


Rob Miller – The Mushroomery – Rainforest Mushrooms

Festival 2009Annual Mushroom Display: Members of the Cascade Mycological Society and LCC put their time and talent into the largest mushroom display on the West Coast. Erin Blanchard is one of the invited mycologists who will be identifying the fungi at this year’s Mushroom Festival.



Pierce Street Gardens – Fox Hollow Nursery – Friends of Buford Park – Doak Creek Natives – Pierce Street Gardens

GuiJoseph with a Porcini mushroom, Glen with a Cauliflower mushroomded Nature Walks

Dan Shultz- 11am
Daniel Thomas- 12pm
Bruce Newhouse- 1pm
David Wagner- 2pm
Chris Melotti- 3pm


Whole Earth Nature School- StoveTeam International- Cascadia Wildlands – Travel Lane County – UO Museum of Nature and Cultural History – NABA – Eugene/Springfield – Natural History Society – Walama Restoration Project – WREN – Northwest Youth Corps …and more!


MPA is located at 34901 Frank Parrish Rd, Eugene, OR 97405. We are tucked into the larger Lane County Park called the Howard Buford Recreation Area.


Free Shuttle

Free shuttle from Civic Stadium every hour on the hour, and back from the Festival on the half hour!

Ride Share

Looking for a Ride Share? Log in to  Click on “View Events” under the Events tab in the blue toolbar. Select “Add a trip to this event” and complete your trip information and click save.  Your rideshare matches will display on the screen. If you have questions, or need assistance, please contact Tracy with Point2point at Lane Transit District at 541-682-6183.

By Car or Bike

From Interstate 5, Southbound: Exit the freeway at Exit 189. At the base of the offramp, turn right and head towards 30th Avenue. Make a left turn at the stop light at 30th Ave and cross over the freeway. At the stop sign just past the overpass, turn left. Make a right turn onto Franklin Blvd at the Shell Station and cross under the railroad bridge. Follow Franklin around a curve, then turn left on Seavey Loop Road. Continue forward for about a mile and a half. Cross a short bridge over the river. Follow the right fork of the road into the Arboretum parking lot. (See it on an interactive map.)

From Interstate 5, Northbound: Exit the freeway at Exit 189. At the stop sign at the end of the offramp, go forward. Make a right turn onto Franklin Blvd at the Shell Station and cross under the railroad bridge. Follow Franklin around a curve, then turn left on Seavey Loop Road. Continue forward for about a mile and a half. Cross a short bridge over the river. Follow the right fork of the road into the Arboretum parking lot. (See it on an interactive map.)

From South Eugene:  Take 30th Avenue past Lane Community College.  Cross the freeway overpass and turn left at the blinking stoplight.  Turn right after the Shell Station onto East Franklin Blvd. Follow this road about 1/3 mile.  Take the first left onto Seavey Loop Road.  Continue straight 2 miles to the Arboretum.

From Springfield:  Take Main Street west, crossing the river at Island Park.  Take the first left after the bridge onto Franklin Blvd.  (U-Haul is on the corner.)  Follow Franklin South, turning left at the first light onto East Franklin Blvd.  Continue on East Franklin and turn left just before the Shell Station. Follow this road about 1/3 mile.  Take the first left onto Seavey Loop Road.  Continue straight 2 miles to the Arboretum.

For more information, contact (541) 747-3817 or

Interested in Volunteering?

Contact or (541) 747-3817 if you would like to help prepare and set up for the event, take a shift at a booth during the festival day, help pack things up after the event is over, or any number of other ways to help out. Volunteers receive free admission to the festival and help to support the efforts of the arboretum!

Mycologist Erin Blanchard Will Attend the 2014 Mushroom Festival

Erin Blanchard is one of the invited mycologists who will be identifying the fungi at this year’s Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival.

Erin Blanchard

Erin Blanchard

About Erin Blanchard

Erin is studying the taxonomy and identification of fungi. Originally from San Diego, she moved north to San Francisco five years ago in favour of the damp weather and flourishing fungi.  She has been an active member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco and Bay Area Mycological Society, and has been involved with other California Mycology Clubs in organizing and setting up events. Erin has identified fungi for the annual MSSF Fungus Fair, San Diego Mycological Society, Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, Point Reyes Fungus Fair, Marin Mushroom Mania, Point Reyes MycoBlitz, Humboldt Bay Mycological Society, Northeast Mycological Federation, UC Berkeley Fungal Survey of Yosemite, among other events.

Erin has moderated a message board for Mushroom Hunting and identification; she consults wild crafted food businesses, and has organized and led mushroom forays in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked with Dr. Else C. Vellinga sequencing the DNA of Paxillus and co-authored a poster presentation for the Mycological Society of America conference in 2009.  She has also been involved in research efforts directed by the UC Berkeley Mycology Department to identify and document species of fungi in Yosemite National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore.