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REGISTRATION FOR NAMA 2015 BLUE RIDGE FORAY IS FULL!

The Asheville Mushroom Club and the Mushroom Club of Georgia invite you to come and discover what makes Western North Carolina such a unique and varied location. The fun, exciting and educational four day event on September 24-27, 2015 will be held at the Blue Ridge Assembly in beautiful Black Mountain, North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Mountain’s climate, topography, and geological history have made the mountains of Western North Carolina the most biologically diverse area in the US.

The Blue Ridge Assembly has been hosting groups both large and small for 100 years. The facility is named after the Blue Ridge Mountains, a section of the Appalachian Mountains that runs from Virginia to Georgia. From Eureka Hall (pictured) one of the housing options you’ll enjoy a vista of mountain ridges and peaks that seen from a distance take on a blue cast, rising to the highest peak of Mt. Mitchell at 6,684 feet. We’ll have 1,200 acres available to foray along with other nearby sites proven to have great fungal diversity.

Travel to the Blue Ridge Assembly is a short 25 mile drive from the Asheville airport.

Lodging

You’ll have a choice of three types of lodging at the Blue Ridge Assembly:

  • Best rooms: hotel-style rooms in the Blue Ridge Center and Weatherford Hall which have two beds (at least a double bed and a single, many rooms have two doubles) and a private bathroom. This is the only option for people who prefer stair-free access. It’s also best for families with children.
  • Standard rooms: dorm-room style rooms in Eureka Hall with two single beds and a bathroom in the room.
  • Economy rooms: dorm-room style rooms in Eureka Hall with two single beds but no bathroom in the room (bathrooms are shared by others on the same floor).

Package prices including the registration fee, accommodation (double occupancy) and 8 meals are:

  • Best room: $335
  • Standard room: $282
  • Economy room: $267
  • For those staying offsite, we offer a "Commuter" option (no accommodation and only 5 meals): $185

There are also some alternate lodging options in Black Mountain:

  • Camping: Asheville East KOA Campground 4 miles away, and Mama Gertie's Hideaway Campground 7 miles, both have RV and tent campsites and rustic cabins
  • Basic Motels: Super 8, Acorn Motel, Apple Blossom Motel - around $55 a night
  • Mid-level Motels: Quality Inn - around $90
  • Historic B&B: Black Mountain Inn, Monte Vista Hotel, Red Rocker Inn, Inn Around The Corner - from $115 up.

Local Activities

The NAMA 2015 event will be the perfect opportunity to bring the family to take advantage of these nearby activities:

  • In Black Mountain, 10 minutes drive away, is a delightful small town with eclectic shops and restaurants. There's a golf course and many hiking opportunities.
  • Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure are 45 minutes to the south, and Mount Mitchell State Park is about an hour away via the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Asheville, 20 min to the west, offers a huge variety of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and music venues. The 250-room Biltmore House is a major attraction and the NC Arboretum, the Botanical Gardens at UNCA, and the WNC Nature Center are well worth visiting.
  • For outdoor adventure, there's canoeing, whitewater rafting, ziplining, fishing and more. Full details on ExploreAsheville.com.

Habitat

The Great Smoky Mountain All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has identified 2798 species of fungi and the study is still going strong. The Asheville Mushroom Club’s own species list stands at 900+ including the Amanita mediinox which was discovered on one of our club’s forays by a long time member and later named by Rod Tulloss. With the NAMA foray participants gathering and the professional faculty identifying, we confidently expect to expand this total.

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In September we can be fairly sure of finding Honey fungus (Armillaria species) in profusion, along with some Aborted Entoloma (Entoloma abortivum). Two species of Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus and L. cincinnatus) should be fruiting then, as well as Lobsters, the Beefsteak polypore, Hedgehog mushrooms, several Chanterelles, numerous Suillus species, and the lovely Shaggy-stalked Bolete (Heimioporus betula). Occasionally a massive fruiting of Jack O'Lantern (Omphalotus illudens) will turn the forest floor to gold and, if we are lucky, 10-lb tufts of Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa) will be found decorating the base of damaged oaks.

Forays

Forays will start on Thursday afternoon for early arrivals, continuing with both 2 and 4 hour trips to gather in a variety of unique locations. A unique variety of forays will be offered traveling to the Upper Piedmont region, and Southern Appalachian. There will be forays from easy, moderate to challenging. This is a partial list of forays that are being finalized.

Day long choices in the Southern Appalachians:

  • Deep Woods Mushrooms and Turkey Pen—a guided tour of the Deep Woods Mushrooms commercial operation, complete with complimentary homemade pizza lunch, followed by an afternoon in the damp mixed forest around the South Fork of the Mills
  • Dupont State Forest — both mixed hardwoods and extensive stands of low-lying white pine

Half-day forays:

  • Beaucatcher Overlook Park — a thirty-acre tract of undeveloped hardwood forest in downtown Asheville
  • Warren Wilson College — mixed forest types and pastureland
  • Curtis Creek — mature mixed forest leading to a waterfall
  • Shope Creek — white pine and mature hardwoods
  • Rattlesnake Lodge — a National Park Service permitted foray on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mature hardwoods, at least some of which may be old-growth

Half-day in the Upper Piedmont area:

  • Lake James State Park — short-leaf pines and hardwoods around Lake James
  • Private land near Marion, NC, predominantly hardwoods
  • Catawba Falls — a damp watershed of mature mixed forest leading to a waterfall
mountain fog waterfall

The Great Smoky Mountain All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has identified 2,798 species of fungi and the study is still going strong. The Asheville Mushroom Club’s own species list stands at 900+ including the Amanita mediinox which was discovered on one of our club’s forays by a long time member and later named by Rod Tulloss. With the NAMA foray participants gathering and the professional faculty identifying, we confidently expect to expand this total.

A NAMA annual foray wouldn’t be complete without a mycophagy experience along with classes, presentations, entertainment and time to meet and socialize with fellow NAMA members.

Foray Speakers

The following is a list of mycologists, speakers and instructors for the NAMA 2015 foray with some photos and bios included with more to come.

Alan Bessette, Arleen Bessette, Britt Bunyard. Cornelia Cho, Tradd Cotter, Todd Elliott, Rich Jacob, Jay Justice, Julia Kerrigan, Dan Lazar, Dr. Patrick Leacock David Lewis, Brandon Matheny, Peter McCoy, Greg Mueller, Alan Muskat, Ron Petersen, John Plischke III, Elinoar Shavit, Paul Stamets, Walt Sturgeon, Rod Tulloss, Debbie Viess, Rytas Vilgalys and Tom Volk.

Alan Bessette will be our lead mycologist, along with Arleen Bessette who will be teaching a beginner’s class and lead a group to a nearby reserved area.

Read a full list of speakers and their bios...

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NAMA Blue Ridge Foray, September 24-27, 2015
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