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Popular Fungus Foray set for Saturday

It’s beginning to look a lot like fungus.

That’s right, it’s getting to be prime time for mushroom picking.

And the Yuba Watershed Institute will hold its Fourth Annual Fungus Foray, a popular mushroom hunt with experts on hand to identify mushrooms and say whether or not they’re edible.

Between 70 and 80 participants are expected to show up and search for fungus on the ‘Inimim Forest – Bureau of Land Management acreage managed with help from YWI.

“It’s a pretty … popular event,” said amateur mycologist Daniel Nicholson. “People will be coming from San Francisco, Davis and Reno. It’s pretty neat.”

Nevada County has a rich diversity of mushrooms. Participants in past fungus forays have tallied 256 different species, about 40 of which are excellent for eating, such as white truffles, Nicholson said.

“It’s a dryer year than usual. This year, there probably won’t be as many edible (mushrooms),” Nicholson said. “We’ll be (searching) wetter areas, like creeks.”

Beginners are welcome. Dennis Desjardin, mycology professor at San Francisco State University, will be at the event and will give an evening slide show.

Cost is $20, or $15 for YWI members, students and senior citizens with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit YWI. Bring a bag lunch, a collecting basket, waxed paper bags, a knife and a small trowel. The foray will go on, rain or shine. For information, call 470-0348.


WHAT: Fungus Foray

WHEN:9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Road

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