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Upcoming events

    • 07 Sep 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • 09 Sep 2022
    • 12:01 PM
    • Longbow Organization Group Campground, near Cascadia, OR
    • 11

    This year the NWL is hosting a two-night training event, where we will simulate conducting an FIA style plot following the lichen certification guidelines. The focus of this training event is on lichen identification skills of the PNW. Trainees can be at any level, but you will get the most out of this if you already have basic lichen training. Previously certified lichenologists are encouraged to attend to brush up for re-certification. As a group, we will collect lichens on the plot and then spend the remaining time discussing and keying out the specimens. Several dissecting microscopes will be provided for shared use along with chemicals for spot tests. 

    Training Facilitators: Elisa Di Meglio, Joe Di Meglio, Katherine Glew.

    Cost: The training costs $135 including a $35 facility fee. Payment of $135 dollars is due at registration. Registration and full refunds are available up to two weeks prior to the event.

    Check in time – 2 pm 7 September 2022.

    Check out time – 12 pm 9 September 2022.

    Directions: From Sweet Home, Oregon travel east on Hwy. 20 for 17 miles to Road 2032. Follow Road 2032 to Longbow Organization Camp. Latitude 44° 23' 30.0001" N, Longitude 122° 22' 0.0001" W.


    Longbow Organization Camp was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The historic campground provides a covered cooking area with a fireplace and six sleep shelters that face the beautiful South Santiam River.

    Parking at the campground is very limited, so please carpool with other participants if you can.

    Overnight accommodations: 6 alpine shelters are available which have 3 walls, a fireplace and bunkbeds that sleep 8 people. Bring everything you will need to sleep on a bunkbed in summer outdoor/camping conditions (sleeping pad, sleeping bag, warm clothes…etc). **No tents or trailers are allowed; you must stay in one of the shelters.

    Food: Bring 2 nights worth of food for yourself and any camping cooking supplies you will need. **No power is available.


    1.       Your copy of McCune and Geiser, 2009. Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest, if you have one.
    2.       A hand lens.
    3.       A dissecting microscope if you have one, and a headlamp to use as a light source.
    4.       2 nights worth of food for yourself and any camping cooking supplies you will need. **No power is available.
    5.       Camping gear to stay 2 nights in a bunkbed (sleeping pad, sleeping bag, warm clothes, toiletries…etc.). No tents allowed.
    • 12 Sep 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 16 Sep 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Cypress Island, access by boat only
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    Purpose of the event is to explore one of the diverse San Juan Islands and contribute to the knowledge of lichen biodiversity on the island. Leaving from Anacortes, WA. Free long-term car parking on Q Avenue. Very limited accommodations: 12 lichen people and gear will be transported to a remote semi-primitive house/field station operated by the state. Transportation from Anacortes and stay at the house is free of charge. We will be dropped off at Secret Harbor, southeast side of islandBring your own reference materials, microscope, and supplies. We provide our own food, cooking, and cleaning. Bring your own bedding. Very limited bed space (single bed in shared double room, available for 8 total), so tents in the yard are encouraged. We will need at least 4 volunteers to sleep in tents in the yard. 

    Info on the area is at

    $50 nonrefundable deposit will go towards shared group expenses, primarily food.

    Registration is first-come first-served, members only. You must be logged in to register.

    • 02 Oct 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • 05 Oct 2022
    • 11:30 AM
    • Powers, Oregon

    The Forest Service is graciously hosting us at Powers, in the Coast Range of southern Oregon. Here is a general map of the area. (Highway 42 at the top of the map is the road between Coos Bay and Roseburg). They are trading use of facilities for lichen inventories and FS learning. General plan: we will visit field sites in the mornings and work on specimens in the afternoons and evenings. Leaders: Teresa Bird (USFS) and Bruce McCune (OSU).

    The Forest Service (Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest - Powers Ranger District)

     is offering bunkhouses and a conference room available for scope work. Likely spots to visit include:

    • Coquille River Falls RNA.
    • Daphne Grove campground
    • Port Orford Cedar RNA
    • serpentinite areas


    • conference room
    • 4 beds. The other 8 should either pair up with roommate for floor space in a bedroom, request the living room, or camp in the yard. Additional housing to be determined at end of fire fighter season (another house will be available if fire staff are gone. But fires will likely still be active at that time.)
    • ability for campers to shower, cook, flush toilets, charge electronics, etc.

    Bring your own food or arrange to cooperate with others.

    Bring your own scopes, reference books, collecting materials, and tools, or cooperate with others on these.

    Fees: $10 registration fee to be refunded to registrants who follow through and attend. 

    More specifics on location will be distributed as the time approaches.

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