March 17, 2018, Morels and other Fungi in the Oconee National Forest

Posted under: Middle Georgia .

Note:  This is a joint trip with the Georgia Mushroom Club.

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 trees so we will at least scan the riverbanks and low ground as well as any low areas that were burned.

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.

Approximate location: 33.733155, -83.289843 

Bring: Lunch to eat at site; a hand lens will be useful.  Also, a whistle is handy when in the woods looking for mushrooms as folks tend to scatter. 

Facilities: Available at the historical site. 

Useful Links

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, 678-249-8856.