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by Brady Raymond

“Things are looking good” and “Things are good” are two very different statements.  As I stepped out of the car this year at the 2017 Ben Woo Memorial Foray my heart was filled with excitement.  My brain, on the other hand, was much more suspicious of what awaited us in the forests skirting Mt. Rainier this year.

“What’s the scoop?”  I asked Milton who was nearby as I hopped out of the car.

“Not good.”  He replied.

My heart sank a bit, surely there had to be something.  Once all the attendees arrive we’re bound to find mushrooms.  Over a hundred sets of eyes will be searching these woods, zigzagging and crisscrossing each others path.  My heart lifted a bit at the thought, but then froze as a few flakes of snow started to fall.  It’s just not the year I guess, not like last year, at the Ben Woo All Sound Foray.


Dye Display BW 2017

Display table for the dye workshop.


After Erin and I got our quarters all set up we headed down to the Longhouse.  Once again this year the Longhouse was home base for our workshops and identification.  In short work, Erin had the dye display set up as well as all the pots and stoves, mordanted yarn and pH-altering solutions for the dyeing the following day.  While she did all this I decided to set out for a quick jaunt around the camp, to see what I could find.

The pickings were slim at best.  Last year was insane, not only in species found but also in terms of biomass.  Literally, pounds and pounds could be found of various mushrooms species.  On my initial trek, all I really spotted this year were a few species of Mycena, one Tapinella, and this gargantuan Ganoderma pictured below.

Brady BW 2017

A rather large Ganoderma oregonense.  I had never seen one this large, until now.



Gymnopus? BW 2017

Connopus acervatus, although common, you have to love these tightly growing mushrooms.


Things were looking pretty dismal, yet I had faith we’d find more than what was showing itself at first glance.  To my surprise as we were signing folks in and getting cars parked people seemed jovial and just happy to be out in the woods even if the pickings were slim and despite the weather.  Many of the attendees were present last year and knew that the workshops, speakers, and great atmosphere were enough to make for a fine weekend in and of itself.  With a lack of edibles comes an appreciation of other mushroom species, ones that are often time overlooked.  My spirits were rising once again, and I decided right then and there as it rained that this was going to be a great weekend.  And you know what?  It was.

This year’s foray included both half day as well as full-day forays led by expert guides.  There was a cultivation workshop, dye workshop, and a photo workshop as well.  These were all well attended and attendees went home with oyster kits, mushroom dyed silk scarves and yarn samples colored by a variety of mushroom species.  Sight unseen to me, I would assume the photo workshop yielded a number of fine images too.

Presentations this year included Marian Maxwell and Noah Siegel on Friday as well as a showing of  “The Last Season.”  Saturdays Speakers were Jim Gouin and Gary Lincoff.  Each night there was plenty of socializing and fun had by all.  I have a feeling the Ben Woo Memorial Foray is going to become one of the premiere forays in all of the Pacific Northwest, I would recommend attending next year’s if you missed out.


ID Table BW 2017

181 species were found at this year’s Ben Woo Memorial Foray


It turns out this year wasn’t all that bad in the grand scheme of things.  Like I said above, as far as I could tell fun was truly had by all.  The weather shaped up to be quite nice both Saturday and Sunday.  Although a little cold, in the mid 30’s the sun shone through and in total 181 mushroom species were found (list at end of article).  Chanterelles were scarce by some season standards but they were found in abundance enough for some lucky folks to feast well. Sparassis were also found and in relative abundance, I’m not sure but I think probably at least seven or eight in total including this monster Molly found pictured below.

Molly BW 2017

When Molly and Alex arrived I joked they should have brought a smaller basket.  I was wrong.

I’d like to give a big thanks to all of our presenters, some of whom traveled quite a way to be with us.  Your knowledge and enthusiasm to teach is really an incredible thing.  Likewise, PSMS is truly grateful to all who volunteer that make events like this as special as they are. None of this wonderful Foray would have been possible without the hard work and diligent planning of James Nowak and Luise Asif.  If you attended the Ben Woo Foray and you see either of these two around please make sure to thank them.  And once again the Staff at Buck Creek were friendly and more than helpful.  This sure makes staying there a pleasant experience no matter how the season pans out.

Of course, we couldn’t do this if no one came.  So to all the attendees, Thank you for coming, I hope to see you next year.  Good hunting.


Danny BW 2017

Danny & Drew figuring things out, thankfully there are people who are good at that.


Ben Woo Memorial Foray 2017 Species List

Aleuria aurantia
Alnicola escharioides
Amanita augusta
Amanita muscaria “var. alba”
Amanita pachycolea
Amanita sect. Vaginata, brown cap
Amanita silvicola
Ampulloclitocybe avellaneoalba
Antrodia carbonica
Asco, tiny grayish disc
Asco, tiny stalked cream cup
Atheniella aurantiidisca
Baeospora myosura
Boletus mirabilis
Bondarzewia occidentalis (=B. mesenterica)
Calocera cornea
Cantharellus formosus
Cantharellus subalbidus
Chalciporus piperatoides
Chalciporus piperatus
Chondrostereum purpureum
Chroogomphus tomentosus
Clitocybe deceptiva
Clitocybe dilatata
Clitocybe trulliformis
Clitopilus prunulus
Coccomyces dentatus
Collybia cirrhata
Coltricia perennis
Connopus acervatus
Coprinellus micaceus
Coprinopsis acuminatus
Cortinarius solis-occasus
Cortinarius subgenus Dermocybe, Orange gill
Craterellus tubaeformis group
Crepidotus epibryus
Crucibulum laeve
Cystodermella cinnabarina
Dacrymyces chrysocomus
Dacrymyces chrysospermus
Echinodontium tinctorium
Elaphomyces granulatus group
Fomitopsis ochracea
Fomitopsis pinicola
Galerina vittiformis
Ganoderma applanatum
Ganoderma oregonensis
Geastrum saccatum
Gloeophyllum sepiarium
Gomphidius oregonensis
Gomphidius smithii
Gomphidius subroseus
Gomphus clavatus
Gymnopilus punctifolius
Gymnopilus sapineus group
Gymnopus confluens
Gymnopus dryophilus
Gymnopus sp. Brown
Gymnopus sp. Gray-brown
Hebeloma mesophaeum group
Hebeloma praeolidum group
Helvella elastica
Helvella vespertina
Hemimycena sp.
Hericium abietis
Heterobasidion irregulare
Heterotextus luteus
Hygrocybe miniata
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca group
Hygrophoropsis rufa group
Hypholoma capnoides
Hypholoma fasciculare
Hypholoma elongatum
Inocybe geophyllum group
Inocybe sp. Golden brown
Inocybe sp. Gray brown
Inocybe sp. Shaggy olive brown
Ischnoderma resinosum
Jahnoporus hirtus
Kuehneromyces mutabilis
Laccaria bicolor
Lactarius mystery
Lactarius occidentalis
Lactarius olympianus
Lactarius subviscidus
Laetiporus conifericola
Lepiota magnispora
Leptonia earlei
Leucoagaricus rubrotinctus group
Lycoperdon perlatum
Lycoperdon pyriforme
Macrotyphula juncea
Mycena alnicola
Mycena clavicularis
Mycena epipterygia
Mycena galericulata
Mycena haematopus
Mycena maculata
Mycena rutilantiformis
Mycena sp. (Gray, bleach odor)
Mycena strobilinoides
Mycena vulgaris
Mycetinis salalis
Mythicomyces corneipes
Nidula candida
Oligoporus guttulatus group
Oligoporus obductus (Osteinia)
Otidea alutacea
Panellus mitis
Phaeolus schweinitzii
Phlebia tremellosa
Pholiota alnicola
Pholiota astragalina
Pleurocybella porrigens
Pluteus atromarginatus
Pluteus brunneidiscus
Pluteus cervinus
Pluteus primus
Polyporus badius
Polyporus leptocephalus
Porodaedalea pini group
Porphyrellus porphyrosporus
Psathyrella longipes group
Psathyrella longistriata
Psathyrella sp. Med orange-brown
Psathyrella sp. Med. Gray brown
Psathyrella sp. small brown
Pseudoarmillariella ectypoides
Pseudohydnum gelatinosum
Ramaria conjunctipes var. tsugensis
Ramaria cyaneigranosa
Ramaria cystidiophora var. citronella
Ramaria formosa
Ramaria gelatiniaurantia
Ramaria rubiginosa
Ramaria rubripermanens
Ramaria sp. Large orange, small base
Ramaria sp. Med. Yellow
Ramaria velocimutans
Rhizopogon parksii group
Rhizopogon sp. Med gray-brown, green KOH.
Rhizopogon sp. Small gray, rhizomorphs
Rhodofomes cajanderi
Rhodophana sp? (or Lepista?)
Russula aeruginea grp large
Russula aeruginea grp small
Russula brevipes
Russula cerolens
Russula cf. benwooii large
Russula crassotunicata
Russula fragrantissima group
Russula mordax
Russula phoenicia (=R. fragilis group)
Russula pseudotsugarum
Russula vinosa
Russula xerampelina
Scutellinia sp.
Sparassis radicata
Stereum hirsutum
Strobilurus trullisatus
Stropharia aeruginosa
Stropharia ambigua
Suillus caerulescens
Suillus ponderosus
Tapinella atrotomentosa
Trametes versicolor
Trichaptum abietinum
Tricholoma murrillianum (one single rumor, not seen by any ID’ers)
Tricholoma subsejuctum
Tricholomopsis decora
Tricholomopsis rutilans
Truncocolumella citrina
Tubaria furfuracea
Turbinellus floccosus
Typhula phacorrhiza
Xerocomellus atropurpureus (=X. zelleri group)
Xerocomellus diffractus (=X. chrysenteron group)
Xeromphalina campanella
Xeromphalina cornui
Xeromphalina fulvipes
Xylaria hypoxylon