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The WMS/NAMA 2022 Northwoods Regional Foray will be held at the Lakewoods Resort & Lodge in Cable, Wisconsin. If this location sounds familiar, that's because it is the same as NAMA's 2017 Annual Foray, which has passed into legend as one of the best, most mushroom-diverse and abundant EVER! Our rule of forays is "you can never promise mushrooms" -- but if ever there was an exception that proves a rule, Cable is it!
Although it is one of the largest counties in Wisconsin, Bayfield County has not one stoplight. It’s mostly National Forest, and in September that forest is typically carpeted in an astonishing array of mushrooms. The habitat is mixed forest: oak species; red and sugar maple; birch and poplar; hornbeam and hop hornbeam; basswood; tamarack and spruce; red pine and the majestic, iconic Wisconsin white pine. This is the westernmost limit of eastern hemlock and they are common here. There are bogs and fens to investigate, with pitcher plants, Labrador tea and lady slipper orchids. Northern Wisconsin’s wolf population is increasing steadily and some of our attendees saw one cross the highway right in front of them in 2017; you will certainly see and hear loons on Lake Namakagon; black bear and elk and porcupine are often encountered, more rarely a wandering moose. This area is about the only place in the U.S. east of the Rockies where you are likely to see fisher and marten. Lake Namakagon, on which Lakewoods resort sits, is a large freshwater lake located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The lake derives its name from the Ojibwe language and translates approximately to "lake abundant with sturgeon." Lake Namakagon is one of only three lakes in Wisconsin managed as a trophy muskie lake.
There is so much to do in the area (most NAMA members have likely never been to the “North Coast”) that you should plan to visit for an entire week or more. The Northwoods offers incredible scenery (the fall color change will be underway) and is a tremendous value. If coming from the East or West Coasts, you will find this area to be an absolute bargain.
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Tradd is proprietor of The Blue Portal, a new mushroom-assisted therapy experience based in Jamaica and Costa Rica. He is also the author of the very popular cultivation book, Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation (2014). Tradd has headlined at the Telluride Mushroom Festival to standing ovations, he is a dynamic speaker and we are lucky to get him up to the Northwoods!
Britt is the publisher-editor dynamo behind FUNGI Magazine and Executive Director of the wildly popular Telluride Mushroom Festival. He is also the author and coauthor of several books, including Amanitas of North America (2020), The Lives of Fungi: A Natural History of Our Planet’s Decomposers (2022) and (with Wisconsin russulologist and cultivator Tavis Lynch) The Beginner’s Guide to Mushrooms (2020). Britt is also the founder of the original Northwoods Foray and is the reason we are even here!
Saturday afternoon we'll be cooking up some locally foraged mushrooms so that you can get a taste of the Northwoods! We'll be highlighting the flavor of the mushrooms themselves by preparing them simply so you can see what all the fuss is about - a little butter or oil, a little salt and pepper, and violà! Pending presently unknown COVID restrictions, we will also be bringing back evening socials; let's connect and get to know one another!
Expect to see the same wonderful faces you’ve seen in the past on staff: Dr. Patrick Leacock, Dr. Britt A. Bunyard, Tavis Lynch, Bruch Reed, Arne Martinson, Ariel Bonkoski and the whole WMS crew. Citizen science will be highlighted this year, as the specimens you collect will have the opportunity to be vouchered by NAMA and accessed by the Chicago Field Museum’s permanent fungal collection. So brush up and bring your iNaturalist skills!
WMS/NAMA have a limited block of rooms and cabins available at Lakewoods Resort, which you may secure by contacting Lakewoods Resort directly at 844.684.9427.
STEP 1: **Due to insurance liability, this event is open to NAMA members only**. You and each attendee you include on your registration must be NAMA members in good standing. If you need to become a NAMA Member, please do so first by clicking this link - Join NAMA Today! Once you have a member login, come back and complete Step 2.
STEP 2: If you are already a NAMA Member, you may register for the WMS/NAMA 2022 Northwoods Regional Foray by clicking below!
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