Northwest Lichenologists

Opal Creek Lichen and Bryophyte Workshop April 18-19, 2015

11 Jan 2015 9:44 AM | Deleted user

Mosses, Lichens, and Liverworts
April 18-19, 2015
Cost: $175

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, Willamette National Forest, Oregon Cascades

Which forest dweller can turn rock into food? What plants store water for dry periods and can create soil in the upper canopy of ancient forests? Non-vascular plants such as mosses, lichens, and liverworts are drawing increasing attention for their importance as indicators of forest health, air quality and environmental integrity. From air quality indicators and natural water filters to nesting material for birds and mammals, mosses, lichens, and liverworts are invaluable to Pacific Northwest forest ecosystems. Past Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center instructor and forest ecologist John Villella returns for his favorite workshop of the year, and will lead us on a journey through the little known non-vascular plant kingdoms of the Opal Creek wilderness. Opal Creek is home to hundreds of species, many of which are only found in the ancient forests of the northwest. This course is especially helpful for agency personnel who are conducting forest health surveys throughout the state.

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