Northwest Lichenologists

Informal lichen retreat in far-northern California

12 Oct 2019 10:11 PM | daphne stone

October 12-20. Join in the lichenizing for a day, a couple days, or even the full 9 days.  I'm taking the week off to relax with lichens, including both weekends, and am opening this to all who are interested in lichens.  My house in Weaverville, CA will be the primary base of operations, but there will be lots of field excursions. These could even include an overnight hike into the Trinity Alps if there is sufficient interest.  Overall, I expect it to be pretty casual, but if there are particular places you want to go on the days you can make it, let me know and I'll try to schedule some of this out.  I'm going to work on collecting permission where possible, but no guarantees - especially for the wilderness.

General ideas for excursions:

 - Trinity Alps Wilderness (many locations, short day trips to possible overnight hikes)

 - Trinity River valley bottoms (most humid low elevation areas around)

 - Oak woodlands (Q. garryana) in various valleys or lower hills - some with patches of soil crusts still existing

 - Some intriguing mixed hardwood and conifer stands on steep rocky north-facing slopes along the river

 - Old mining sites where lots of exposed rock has lead to abundant saxicolous lichens that are relatively easy to collect

 - Several easily accessed stands of old growth Douglas Fir

 - Serpentine/peridotite rock and soil... just about whatever elevation you like.

 - A few limestone outcrops - my casual glances thus far haven't seen much, but maybe I'm just not tuned into the right things for this habitat

 - Several peaks around 6000 ft elevation with driving access

 - Possibilities for excursions as far as the coast, Mt. Shasta area, Mt. Lassen area

Please use this link let me know who to expect for which days:  

cell: 775-750-4628 

location in google maps


 - I have one pull-out couch and yard space some tents... first come, first serve.  I think I should limit this to 6 people given our bathroom capacity.

 - Weaverville h/motels (roughly in the order most experienced visitors place them): Weaverville Hotel, Whitmore Inn, 49er Motel, Red Hill Motel, Victorian Inn

 - Several campgrounds within 5-20 miles - note that the one a mile from my house on East Weaver Road is now for group camping only - about $120/night.  This is possible if we have enough interest, but probably not ideal if it is just one or two people using it.

Eric B. Peterson, Ph. D.
Research Associate (Lichenologist)

California Academy of Sciences
, Dept. Botany
cell: 775-750-4628

'regular' work: Trinity River Restoration Program

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