CMS Weekend Foray

Join the Cascade Mycological Society for an overnight foray at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, OR from Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 9, 2014.


The Andrews Forest is a place of inquiry. First established in 1948 as an US Forest Service Experimental Forest, the H.J. Andrews is a 16,000-acre ecological research site in Oregon’s beautiful western Cascades Mountains. The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of Cedar and Hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas Firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams.

about_acm_060This two day adventure is a great way to learn about local fungi. We will go out for a short foray Friday afternoon (optional) and two forays on Saturday led by Cheshire Mayrsohn and Marcia Peeters. On Friday night, Skye Weintraub will present a talk titled “Poisonous or Edible, an Exploration of Look Alikes.” Saturday night, we will have a potluck and cook up some of our finds. We will also talk more about what we found. Cheshire Mayrsohn will lead a dye workshop Sunday morning using mushrooms we find during the week. Wool yarn samples to dye will be provided. If you want to dye silk scarves, they will be for sale at $5 each.

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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.

Weekly Finds: October 2014, Week 3

Wherever The Mushrooms Are Foray to Collect for the Mushroom Show

Join Harriet Kelly for a mushroom collection foray as we gather as many different fungi as we can to display at the Mushroom Festival on Sunday.

Detailed meet up information and location details will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration form. This foray is limited to the first 18 people to sign up.

Harriet Kelly

Harriet Kelly

Please Note: Forays are open to Cascade Mycological Society members only. Pleasebecome a member or renew your membership if it has lapsed before completing this form. Your support helps CMS continue to provide high-quality, guided forays into Oregon’s spectacular forests. If you are unsure if your CMS membership is current, please contact us at

Wherever The Mushrooms Are Foray with Harriet Kelly: October 24, 2014

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Collecting for the mushroom show.

Please bring

  • your mushroom permit,
  • food and water for the day,
  • raingear,
  • warm clothing,
  • a basket or bag,
  • a whistle,
  • a 2 way radio and/or other safety products,
  • a knife, and
  • a mushroom brush or old toothbrush.
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By checking this form, I acknowledge that I understand the risks associated with participating in a mushroom foray, field trips, or other related CMS activities. These are the risks one assumes by being away from home and driving or riding in a car or other conveyance; risks associated with being in or moving about in fields and woods; risks of tripping, falling or injuring oneself; risks of wild animals and insects; risks of falling trees and other hazards known and unknown; risks in getting lost; risks that involve handling, identifying, picking, or eating mushrooms; risks of losing personal property by theft or misplacement; and all other risks expected and unexpected.

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Cascade Mycological Society Wild Mushroom Cookbook Debut

Wild Mushroom Cookbook

Wild Mushroom Cookbook (2014)

The Cascade Mycological Society (CMS) will debut their wild mushroom cookbook at the Yachats Village Mushroom Fest this weekend. The book features over 178 full-color pages filled with one-of-a-kind recipes, plus anecdotes, tips, and photographs, featuring foraged, wild-crafted mushrooms from our geographic region.

The cookbook is the product of two years of recipe collecting and many memorable, pot luck dinners (like the Spring Potluck/Morel Stuffing Party/Grill Out) that gave CMS members the opportunity to savor many of the dishes in the book while communing with their fellow lovers of fungi.

Grilling Morels photo by Sandor Lau

Grilling Morels
photo by Sandor Lau

The cookbook is organized by season and contains beautiful color photographs printed on 100# Gloss Book stock with lay-flat spiral binding. It is thoroughly and thoughtfully indexed.

All profits from the sale of the book will go towards supporting the CMS grant and scholarship programs. It is dedicated to Freeman Rowe, whose love of learning and teaching the beauty and diversity of fungi has touched so many of us.


$23.50 includes shipping to anywhere in the USA.