Sunday, March 26, 2017, Oconee National Forest, Greene County

Posted under: Middle Georgia .

Description: Although fungi are now considered botanically illegitimate and hence excluded from the plant kingdom, we will survey an area for examples of various mushrooms, conks and allied types of fungi to review.  Scull Shoals Experimental Forest is in the Oconee Nat’l Forest between Greensboro and Athens.  There is a variety of drier upland (mostly pine) and wetter bottomland (mixed) habitats with different forest cover types.  Prescribed fire is used in some areas of the forest which may also increase diversity, although the burns are mostly in the pine areas.  We hope this combination will better our chances of finding areas with enough moisture to have several types of fungi fruiting.  Oconee forest is pretty far south for morels, but we did schedule this trip early in the growing season just in case we get lucky.  Morels are fond of ash so we will at least scan the riverbanks and low ground as well as any low areas that were burned. 

A hand lens will be useful.

Directions:   Starting at Greensboro GA, Exit 130 on I-20, Take GA 44 towards Greensboro for 2.6 mi, At the corner of Broad and Main, turn left on GA 15 North for 0.3 mi. At Holcomb’s BBQ turn right (still on GA 15), Continue on GA 15 for 11 mi

Right on Macedonia Rd for 2.5 mi, Left on FS (forest service Rd) 1234 for 0.1 mi (stop and see Dr Durham’s herb walk)

Continue on FS 1234 for 2.9 mi to Scull Shoals historical site 

(33.733155, -83.289843 approx location)

 

 Facilities:   At the historical site.  

Info:

https://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/compass/2014/10/30/scull-shoals-experimental-forest/

http://www.scullshoals.org/

http://www.scullshoals.org/images_photos/Scull-Shoals-Durham-Herb-Walk.pdf

 

Trip Leader:  Elliott Horner,  elliott.horner@encee.org