The Asheville Mushroom Club is a diverse group of people whose common interest is to learn about fungi. Anyone with an interest in mushrooms is encouraged to join!

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Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are open to the public and feature a guest speaker and recent area finds.

Time & Date

7:00 PM on the last Thursday of the month, March through November.

Location

The US Forest Service building.
It is located at 160 Zillicoa Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

2019 Schedule

Monthly meetings are done for the year, they will resume in March of 2019. We will post updated speaker information once next year's speakers are lined up. Have a wonder winter!

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Forays

Members of the Club are eligible to participate in the many forays we host throughout the year.

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Big Ivy Mushroom Foray

Date: June 28, 2016
Leader: Dan M. Manning

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Twenty-four AMC members (including our youngest, 10-mo. old Anika Sage) gathered for a remarkably successful mushroom foray in the Big Ivy area (on the Appalachian RD of Pisgah NF) on a pleasantly warm Tuesday in late June. Why have I described it as “remarkably successful”? That’s because, even though I found practically nothing at any elevation (~2600’ to 4400’) during my scouting trip on the previous Saturday, this half-day foray yielded 29 species, including a smattering of edibles. Possible factors contributing to such success: more eyes, covering less area, but moving more slowly than during my hurried coverage of >8 miles of road and numerous rushed short hikes to check-out “promising” sites on the prior Saturday; and significant rain showers since Saturday to break a long dry spell (the woods were still wet).

Roughly half of the participants had had little or no previous foray/mushroom collecting experience (significantly higher than most AMC forays). We split up into three groups, each with a good balance of “old hands” and less experienced folks; hit the woods around mid-morning; and reconvened around the tables at mid-day.

The foray was limited to the lower elevations (<2700’), focusing primarily on the near-stream (Corner Rock Creek) and colluvial toeslope areas within 300 yards to either side of Forest Road 74 upstream from the juncture of Corner Rock Creek and Walker Branch for a distance of ~0.4 mi. plus the near-road areas along the ~0.6 mi. of Forest Road 231 on NF ownership.

Thanks to Mike Hopping for identifying the collected mushrooms and conducting an informative table talk and to Jackie Schieb for her services as the foray photographer.


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