Date: September 15, 2016
Leaders: Laurie Jaegers and Frank Bartucca
The Sandy Mush foray on September 15, 2016 had 15 participants, including the leaders, Laurie Jaegers and Frank Bartucca, and representatives of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC), Sarah Sheeran and Anona Miller. A partnership with the SAHC enabled the members of Asheville Mushroom Club’s foray team to survey a Sandy Mush property that is owned by the SAHC.
Anona Miller introduced the group to the property and the work of SAHC in Western North Carolina.
The foray split into two groups: one on a former logging road along a creek, led by Laurie Jaegers. Frank Bartucca led the other group, which traversed a steep side trail that climbed to higher elevation at the property.
On the day of the foray, the area was hot and humid. The high temperature of the day was in the mid to upper 80s. The previous week had continued drought conditions in this area of the state.
After foraying, we ate lunch and set up a table for our identification work, which Mike Hopping transported to the site. Mike Hopping led the identification process in his usual careful and thorough manner. He was assisted by Laurie Jaegers. Gary Kauffman, botanist of the USFS, participated in identifying floral species.
The Sandy Mush foray yielded 40 species. If also counting the species of the pre-foray survey of August 24, when conditions were less dry, the grand total becomes 64 species, two of them rare, Lactarius atroviridis and Rhizopogon rubescens. The pre-foray survey suggests that a larger number of fungi would be represented when conditions were less dry.
Mike Hopping leads the identification effort.