Yachats, OR – This fall’s mild, wet weather has brought tons of mushrooms to the Siuslaw National Forest and it’s not too late to learn about the world of fungi. Anna Moore, an amateur mycologist, will offer an interesting presentation and display on fungi at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center on at 1 p.m. on November 23. Violin music will fill the air as a prelude and after Moore’s program, played by Yachats musician, Ruth Mock.
“We are very excited to have Anna begin our series of Chats by the Forest and Sea this winter,” said Lori Robertson, Director for the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center on the Siuslaw National Forest. “Anna’s enthusiasm is catching and she enjoys working with beginners as well as people already knowledgeable about fungi,” Robertson added.
Moore will discuss types of mushroom [also known as fungi], their role in forest ecology, tips on identifying mushrooms in the forest, gathering, cooking and just general appreciation of their colors and form. In the late fall the types of mushrooms that can be found changes quite a bit. On hand, Moore will have several examples of mushrooms.
Moore has a science background and a love of the natural world. She has worked in Environmental Compliance, but now that she is retired she spends much of her time on the Oregon coast hiking and foraging. She has been interested in mushrooms for almost 30 years, starting in the 1980’s with the Mycological Society of San Francisco. In Florence, Anna gives beginner mushroom talks at local schools, parks and organizations. Her latest project is developing recipes using a variety of her own mushroom powders. She is a member of local mushroom clubs in Eugene (CMS) and Lincoln City (LCMS).
“It’s been a good year for mushroom enthusiasts and it’s not over yet” said Robertson.
In the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area mushrooming is allowed for personal use with a one gallon per day limit. Up to six of these mushrooms may be Matsutakes, with the stem ends trimmed off. Commercial picking is not allowed.
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is currently open Friday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—closed Wednesdays and Thursdays). All trails and viewpoints remain open and available to the public for daytime use, even when the visitor center is closed.
A day-use pass is required for access to the Visitor Center, facilities and trail system. A one-day pass is $5. A five-day and several annual passes are also available to meet a verity of circumstances, if you plan on staying longer or visit often.
Overnight parking is not allowed at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center or the Devil’s Churn parking lot.
For more information, please call the Visitor Center at 541-547-3289 or visit us on the web at www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw. You can also follow us at twitter.com/SiuslawNF and www.facebook.com/DiscoverCapePerpetua.