From Buddy: The morels are starting to pop. I found these this morning on the river south of town, and, believe it or not, on Aubrey Butte. I think its going to be a good year.
Get your mushroom permit BEFORE you go out hunting morels this weekend. You have to get the permit in person and show a picture ID at the Deschutes Nat. Forest office, 63095 Deschutes Market Rd., during their open hours of 8-4:30, M-Fri. Sisters Ranger station also issues permits. They are not available at the new Forest Service station on Century Drive (Cascade Lakes Welcome Station.) Why can’t they make it easier?!!
You do not have to decide the specific 10 allowable hunting days ahead of time, even if someone there says you do. That is for the commercial permit.
The free permit allows you to harvest 2 gallons per permit per visit (limit 10 visits a year.) When you start hunting, you are supposed to write in the day on the permit as well as cut your mushrooms lengthwise to keep from selling them commercially. The mushroom maps tell you where you can and cannot hunt.
This permit is good for Deschutes, Willamette, Fremont and Umpqua National Forests, but NOT Ochoco. That is a separate permit and issued only out of the Prineville station during business hours.
Just in case you were wondering, that is how it works.
The one good thing is that if we follow protocol and get permits, it tells the USFS that personal mushroom pickers are a significant user of the forest and that fungi should be considered as important as any other forest product.
Don’t get me started. Just get your permit.
Today’s record high for April 19 was 81 degrees in Bend. This jump in temperature will cause the new morels to dry up and/or rot. It will also warm up the shadowed spots that haven’t fruited yet, but you must get them now or they will be gone. Hopefully the extended forecast will be for wetter, cooler weather next week. 8 days ago it snowed in Bend. Today I am hiding in the shade. Please post if you have been out and let us know the conditions.
I have received photos of fresh morels from folks who are hunting at around 4000 ft. in a burn near Sisters. That’s all I get to know so I am passing it forward because I don’t get to go out for a few days and somebody should! The heat will make them dry up quickly since we have had such little rain. Please post when you find things!
My neighbor, Christopher and some of his sweet family. They even share!
Kevin’s morels in April – near Sisters
Look closely and see how many you can count!
The Central Oregon Mushroom Club is sponsoring Dr. Matt Trappe’s visit to Bend to present his talk called “The Mycelial Conspiracy.” He will speak at the Environmental Center for our April meeting on Friday evening, April 29, at 6:30 PM.
“The Mycelial Conspiracy: How fungi manipulate their environment and control our lives” will explore many of the ways that fungi exploit their environment and other organisms (including us) to get what they want. Sometimes these methods are symbiotic (mycorrhizae) and sometimes they are destructive (pathogens), but they are always interesting!
Dr. Matt Trappe
Dr. Matt Trappe is a research ecologist with over 18 years experience working in western forests. Matt’s specialties are disturbance ecology (particularly fire), mycology and soil microbiology, DNA and isotopic analysis, forestry, and botany. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and a M.S. in Forest Science, both from Oregon State University. Dr. Trappe is currently a Research Intern for the US Department of Agricultural, Horticultural Crops Research Lab in Corvallis, Oregon studying the fungal diseases of grapevines. He previously worked for the OSU College of Forestry with the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance and has taught graduate-level courses on mycology and non-timber forest products at OSU. As an authority on hypogeous fungi (Truffles), Dr. Trappe was the lead author of “The Field Guide to North American Truffles” and leads truffling forays for the North American Truffling Society.
We are excited to have someone with his level of research and field experience speak to our club. Don’t miss this meeting! As usual, bring fresh wild mushrooms to show and tell (and brag) and maybe get identified a half hour before the talk starts at 6:30.
Thank you, Jerime, for an informative and inspiring talk on your adventures growing oysters. It was fascinating that the flavor of the oysters seem to change with the kind of things you add to the substrate mix, like coffee grounds, vegetable scraps, etc. You talked about each of the obstacles you faced, like contamination and low fruiting and how to overcome them. You generously gave each of us oyster spawn to grow our on and offered a hands-on workshop in the near future. Very helpful information! I hope the folks who attended will comment on their success with their own little spawn packages. I will keep you posted on mine, too.
I am excited to post this message I received from Joe today! Morels this early in March! Get out and check your low spots and let us know how you do.
You got me into mushroom hunting last year. Found two whole Morels????. Headed over to Medford this week and happened to stumble upon these. Let’s hope for an early season in bend as well. Joe R.”
More from Joe: Found these “In the wood chips around work. Coworkers got them in the woods this last weekend. 1750 feet is what I am at. Will try this evening on my way home around shady cove and let you know details if I find.”
Our next COMC meeting will be March 13, Sunday evening at 6 PM, at the Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend. Jerime Ahlfs will present his work on growing mushrooms here in Central Oregon. He has successfully grown oyster mushroom and others and would like to share what he has learned. Please join us for an informative talk and question and answer time if you have any interest in growing mushrooms at home.
Oyster mushrooms fruiting from substrate
Some of Jerime’s growing specimens