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Call for CMS Mushroom Festival Volunteers

collecting mushroomsDid you know that the amazing mushroom display at Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s (MPA) Mushroom Festival is entirely collected, identified, displayed and interpreted by CMS volunteers? (Of course, we have wonderful guest experts assist us with identification.) You can help! Here’s how…

Collect mushrooms

CMS will be organizing special forays to collect mushrooms for the show – watch the CMS website for details. You can also collect mushrooms on your own and bring your treasures to MPA’s White Oak Pavilion on Saturday, 10/26, between 10 am and 3 pm.  Will your huge Cauliflower Mushroom, fresh young Stinkhorn, or picture-perfect Scaly Pholiota win “Best of Show?”

Help set up on Saturday

You can help place mushrooms in the display, hang posters and signs, set up educational displays, and organize the CMS booth. You don’t need to sign up to help out, just show up at the White Oak Pavilion on Saturday, 10/26, between 10 am and 2 pm.

Help set up on Sunday

Sunday morning, 8:30 – 10:00 AM is always a scramble to clear, clean and organize before the show opens. Again, just come early and we’ll gratefully put you to work. Help share the fungal fun – booth volunteers talk to people about the CMS mission and upcoming events. You can also Read more »

Spring Morel Foray : May 18 2013

Morchella elata type editedSpring Foray May 18th   

Our annual Spring Morel Foray will be on Saturday, May 18th. It is for CMS members only and dogs are not allowed. This year we will again explore in the general area of  Jack Creek, near the Metolious River in Central Oregon. Details of the meeting time and location will be given to members that have reserved their place in this foray by contacting the foray coordinator, Cheshire, at forays@cascademyco.org. Space will be limited to 25 people. The foray will be led by Board members David Hammond and Skye Weintraub.

Members who are interested in camping friday and/or saturday night are encouraged to stay at Link Creek campground, on the shores of Suttle Lake. Campsites may be reserved through www.reserveamerica.com, there are also 13 campsites that are available on a first-come first-served basis. If you are interested in camping near the rest of the group, please contact David at webmaster@cascademyco.org after signing up for the foray to find the area in Read more »

CMS Foray to collect for Fungal Feast – Feb 2

forayOn Saturday, Feb. 2 there will be a foray led by David Hammond and Cheshire Mayrsohn with the intention of collecting mushrooms for the Fungal Feast to be held Thursday Feb 7. This time of year we expect to find hedgehogs, winter chanterelles, and black trumpets if we are lucky. We will be going to the Read more »

CMS Prepare for Thanksgiving Foray – Saturday November 17

On Saturday November 17, Chris Melotti and Molly Widmer will be coleading a CMS foray. This foray will be heading to the Cascades, with the exact location to be determined. The emphasis of this trip will be on collecting edible species for Thanksgiving. In the spirit of the holiday season, we will encourage sharing of what we find, so that everyone can go home with something edible. What better way to impress your family than showing up to the Thanksgiving table with a basket of Chanterelles?

Please remember to bring your mushroom picking permits and trail parking permit, if you have one. Expect to carpool, and please be prepared to split the cost of gasoline with whomever drives (bring cash).

Participation in this foray is limited to CMS members, and registration will be limited to 24 people. Registration is required. To register, send an email with your name, phone number, and the names of members coming with you to forays@cascademyco.org. We will respond and let you know that you are on the list, unless space runs out.

We will be meeting at 9:30 am in Eugene, the precise location will be sent to those registered for the foray.

Note : Foray registration is now closed

Foray with Steve Trudell

Coast Mushroom Foray with Steve Trudell
October 25-26th, Jessie M. Honeyman State Park
Join fellow mushroom enthusiasts for a mushroom hunt on Thursday; ID what was found; join in a pot-luck dinner; and stay over in one of Honeyman’s yurts on Thursday night; or arrive to join Steve just for the guided mushroom hunt on Friday. Steve Trudell, co-author of Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest, is an affiliate professor in the College of Forest Resources and lecturer in the Biology Department at the University of Washington. He has been identifying and photographing mushrooms and studying their ecology for over 30 years. He writes for several mycological publications and frequently serves as foray mycologist or invited lecturer for mushroom and other nature groups.

Last year you may have attended Steve’s presentation at LCC. He also stayed for the entire weekend and helped to identify mushrooms for the mushroom festival. Because of him we were able to have several Cortinarius mushrooms photographed and identified that otherwise would have been left on the “what is this” table.

October is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit the coast. Honeyman State Park is a great place to forage for mushrooms and many unusual and rare mushrooms have been found there. Last year someone found Hydnellum geogenium and brought it to the MPA mushroom festival. Steve was instrumental in getting this very rare find identified. We will try to locate it again this year; major points for this. Since the foray is only days before the mushroom festival at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum we will bring back as many specimens as possible to display there.

Yurts: Each yurt has a twin/full bunk bed and a futon couch/double bed. Three people will be assigned to one yurt. Unless you register 3 people that are staying together in one yurt, you will have to share a yurt with others. For more information about Jessie M. Honeyman State Part visit their website at www.oregonstateparks.org.

Mushroom Foray Registration

Important! Space is limited and available to CMS members only. There are only 15 spaces available for the yurts and 15 spaces available for those arriving only on Friday. Registration will close as soon as the Foray has reached maximum capacity. You must be registered to attend this event. There are no “drop ins” allowed since this is a fundraiser for CMS.

Cost: $65 for overnight, Thursday, Oct. 25th, in a Yurt at Honeyman State Park; $45 for the Friday, Oct. 26th, foray only. No dogs allowed. Please pay via Paypal and see below for additional information to send by email to president@cascademyco.org .

Refunds: If you cancel your registration before October 1 your refund is 75%. No refunds are available if you cancel your registration after October 10.
This event is sponsored by Cascade Mycological Society (CMS). Details of the foray will be emailed to registrants.

Once you have registered, please send an email to president@cascademyco.org with the following information:

Phone Number:
How many in your party?__________ Male______ Female______


CMS Member Foray — Saturday May 19th, 2012

The foray is limited to CMS members ONLY and pre-registration is required. You must register by the end of day Sunday May 13th in order to attend the foray. NO EXCEPTIONS! This sounds strict, but we need to have a firm count of the number of attendees so that we can plan the appropriate number of leaders and locations. For general information on what to expect at at a CMS foray see http://cascademyco.org/2006/09/cms-2006-foray-schedule/

We will be meeting at 7:45 am Saturday from the Eugene/Springfield area. Alternately, you can elect to camp in the Jack Creek area on Friday night. Either way the specific meeting time, location and any additional instructions will be provided via email to those who are registered for the foray.

An email has been sent out to members with instructions on how to register for the foray. If you are a member but have not received the email instructions (perhaps because you have not shared your email with us yet), please email your request to forays@cascademyco.org and we will provide them to you.

Foray — Saturday, February 18th

Our resident expert Chris Melotti will be leading a mushroom foray this Saturday February 18th 2012.

Forays are open to CMS members only, and preregistration is required. Please register at forays@cascademyco.org by 12:00 PM Friday the 17th. The group will meet at 10:00am on Saturday at a location approximately 30 minutes from Eugene. Instructions on where to meet will be provided to those who register. Also please see our *General Foray Information*

If you have any questions, please contact the foray coordinator at forays@cascademyco.org.

Give Your Valentine a Mushroom Foray — Sunday, February 12th

Changes to CMS Forays:

The CMS board met to discuss forays and issues related to increased foray turnout and membership. First, we are happy that the interest in forays has increased and want to make sure that our forays stay fun and safe for all involved. We also want to make sure that all members have an opportunity to learn through these forays if they are interested. However the increased turnout has brought its own set of challenges as well and some changes needed to be made.

Due to increased turnout at forays and in order to manage size and keep forays safe, registration is now required in advance and is available for members only. This is a change to the previous policy that allowed friends of members to attend without becoming members. This is also a change to the way previous forays were organized where anyone interested could show up that morning without notifying the leader. If you aren’t a member and want to attend a foray, keep in mind that there are several membership options open and we want to make this affordable to everyone. Family memberships allow members from a single household to attend.

Registration will be done via email for now, but we may add another online option in the future. By having a list of attendees ahead of time, we will be able to cap forays before they become too large for foray leaders to safely keep track of the group, and to keep our impact on the ecosystems at a healthy level. If you have any questions or concerns about these changes you can contact the foray coordinators at forays@cascademyco.org.

Also please see our *General Foray Information*

Now For The Good Part!

Join us Sunday, Feb 12. for a foray with Harriet Kelly and David Hammond,low elevation, Cascade foothills, within 40 miles of Eugene. We will meet at 10 a.m. and plan to be back by midafternoon. Members only, no guests, no dogs.

We’re hoping for hedgehogs, winter chanterelles and black trumpets, and good weather. Terrain will be moderate, no steep climbs required to get to mushrooms but the trail is narrow in spots. Projected range is under 2 miles. Mushroom permits required. The permit you got last fall is now expired. Please get your 2012 mushroom permit from the Forest Service at 3106 Pierce Parkway in Springfield8-4:30 Monday thru Friday or any other Forest Service office.

Reservation required, foray is limited to twenty five peoplePlease bring your trail head parking pass, if you have one. register at forays@cascademyco.orgby Thursday Feb. 9. Please include the names of all people coming including children and a contact phone number (cell phone number is preferred, as I need it for the trip roster). Each person registering must be a member! Please bring a watch, dress for the weather. Meeting location and more information will be sent out with registration confirmation.

CMS Member Forays — November 11th and November 19th, 2011

NOTE: The foray on November 19th has been cancelled due to weather conditions. If the foray leader reschedules, the information will be available on the website. Sorry for the late notice, the weather system coming through now is just too cold for the elevations that were to be visited, as of this afternoon they had already received significant snow there.

We will be having two more members forays into the coast range on Friday, November 11th, and the Willamette National Forest on Saturday November 19th, just in time to find some mushrooms before Thanksgiving. Interested members should contact forays@cascademyco.org to register their intent to attend and receive more information. Please include your name and how many will be attending.

The meeting place and time for the foray on the 11th has not been announced yet but you will be informed if you email the address above.

For the 19th, meet at 10 AM at Cottage Grove Ranger Station.

Forays are limited to CMS members (and friends) only. You can become a member to join us!

Please read the following *General Foray Information*, and please no dogs on these forays.

Note that sometimes destinations are changed based on weather conditions and where we get reports of fungal activity. Please check back on this website the day before the foray for any changes or updates on foray details.

Upcoming Forays in Anticipation of the Festival

NOTE: Updated foray information. There will be one more foray before the festival on Friday the 28th. Since this is on a school day, the high school parking lot is not available and a new meeting place has been chosen. This is the Ray’s Food store in Pleasant Hill meeting at 8:45 AM and leaving at 9:00 AM sharp.

There are currently three forays confirmed.

The confirmed dates are Oct. 22nd, 23rd, and 28th.

Forays are limited to CMS members (and friends) only. You can become a member to join us!

Meet at the South Eugene High School by 8:45 for introductions and directions (except for the 28th, see the note above about meeting place). We will leave at 9:00am sharp. *General Foray Information*

NOTE: It would be very helpful for planning purposes if you RSVP’ed if you are planning on attending a foray. This allows us to better plan for group size. You can do this by emailing forays@cascademyco.org and telling us how many are attending.

Note that sometimes destinations are changed based on weather conditions and where we get reports of fungal activity, but here is a rundown of the planned destinations and forest districts. Please check back on this website the day before the foray for any changes or updates on foray details.

  • Oct. 22nd – Florence coast area / Siuslaw Nat. Forest
  • Oct. 23rd – Lower Cascades / Willamette Nat. Forest
  • Oct. 28th – Lower Cascades / Willamette Nat. Forest

Permit Details

We have procured a group permit for the Willamette National Forest that will allow a foray attendee to collect up to 5 specimens for festival purposes. This does not allow for personal collection (e.g. for edibles), a separate (free) permit is required in the Willamette Nat. Forest.
For the Siuslaw National Forest, no permit is required for 1 gallon of mushrooms per person. A group permit for festival purposes is in the works.

NOTE: This permit can also be used outside a foray, provided that you have in your possession a copy of the permit letter and a map of the allowed picking areas for the Willamette National Forest. These were handed out at the CMS meeting, but email forays@cascademyco.org if you need a copy of the letter. The maps must be picked up at a ranger station.