Forest mushroom workshop slated for Sept. 22

KALEVA — The Manistee Conservation District will host a forest mushroom workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Big Bear Sportsman’s Club, located at 8927 Puustinen Road in Kaleva.

During this workshop, attendees will learn about different types of mushrooms growing in the forests of Michigan. Specific topics will include identification of wild mushrooms (edible and non-edible species) and the basic biology of mushrooms. Discussion will also include the ecological importance of such mushrooms in the forest.

An indoor presentation will be given by Linda Scribner, a naturalist who received her Wild Mushroom Certification through Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). The presentation will be followed by a nature walk, where participants will observe mushrooms and other forest-dwelling organisms.

The workshop will take place in rain or shine, so attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and other environmental conditions. The Conservation District has applied to receive Phase 1 Education credit through the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) for this event.

There is no cost to attend the workshop and lunch will be provided. A donation of $10, however, is suggested to help cover the cost of food and the speaker fee.

Those interested are asked to register before Sept. 15 by contacting the Manistee Conservation District at (231) 889-9666 or emailing Josh Shields, the Manistee Conservation District Forester, at joshua.shields@macd.org.

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