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  • 09 Mar 2015 7:55 AM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    The March 2015 newsletter has just been posted on the NW Lichenologists website.

  • 11 Feb 2015 3:28 PM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    The deadline for abstracts for talks or posters at the NWSA/NWL meeting has been extended to Feb. 28. See

  • 27 Jan 2015 6:42 PM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Jenny von Reis sent the following information to me on the upcoming field trip at the NWL/NWSA meeting in early April: "The present plan for the lichenology field trip on 4 April 2015 is to lichenize in the Saddle Mountains, with a small group driving on the road through the Monument to the ridge and heading west; and a larger group traveling from the east, west on Crab Creek Rd and stopping at outcroppings and walking uphill as desired. "

    These should be interesting spots, a nice supplement to an interesting meeting. For more information, see the Events section. NW Scientific Association is hosting the meeting, so please find meeting details on their website.

  • 26 Jan 2015 12:40 PM | Deleted user

    Saturday Feb 28th 2015, The Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon is sponsoring a hike to Upper Table Rock near Medford. The focus of the hike is to observe lichens, bryophytes and terrestrial algae. This is a great time to visit Upper Table Rock as it is prime time for ephemeral bryophytes, and terrestrial algae associated with the vernal pools on the top of the rock. Some lichenological highlights include: vagrant forms of Xanthoparmelia and Dermatocarpon, and local rarities such as Parmelina and Peltula.  Also there is a chance to observe early flowering wildflowers and there should be fairy shrimp in the pools.   Meet at Shop n' Kart in Ashland at 9:30 AM or the Upper Table Rock parking lot at 10 AM. The hike will be led by John Villella. 

    Hope to see ya there!

  • 23 Jan 2015 11:15 AM | daphne stone

    The 2015 NW Lichenologists West Side Certification Exam will take place at H. J. Andrews Forest 10-11 October, 2015. Examiners are Daphne Stone and Amanda Hardman.

    The cost will be $25 per bed per night plus the classroom for $55 per day. That translates into $61 (for room) per examinee if 10 people come. The exam itself costs $100 which pays for the examiners to review the written exam and check the specimens collected on the exam plot.

    Andrews will be flexible for everyone's eating - everyone can cook their own food in the apartment kitchens, and eat when they like. There is camping nearby at Andrews if the beds are too expensive for some.

    We also offer the use of the exam as a training. For those who feel they aren't ready to take the exam, you can participate in the field collection and identification  with help in the field and in the lab from the examiners. The cost is the same as for the exam.

    Registration for this exam closes July 31. Please register as soon as possible so we can reserve enough beds.

  • 23 Jan 2015 11:14 AM | daphne stone

    Daphne will be leading her usual Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Lichen walk on 7 Feb 2015. Meet at the Visitor Center at 10am. Free to members, minimal charge for non-members.

  • 23 Jan 2015 11:12 AM | daphne stone

    Daphne will be teaching a very introductory lichen class in Salem, 31 October 2015. I believe it is connected to NPSO but it is unclear. Free. Further info will be posted later.

  • 23 Jan 2015 11:05 AM | daphne stone

    Daphne Stone will be teaching a class on Lichens and their Photobionts at Siskiyou Field Institute in Selma, OR, 17-18 October, 2015. Students will get a look at photobionts that are part of the lichen symbiosis. We will work on making good sections, then seeing the photobionts using a compound microscope. We will see different placement of photobionts, and then step back to see the effect of different algae and cyanobacteria on lichen colors. The class is aimed at novice and intermediate levels. SFI is a wonderful place to take a class!

  • 12 Jan 2015 5:50 PM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Our new Board of Directors, elected last Saturday, consists of Dave Kofranek, Greg Eide, Charity Glade, Lin Kyan, and John Villella. Alternates: Scot Loring, Steve Sheehy. Board members are elected to 2-year terms.


    Last year's slate of officers was re-elected:

    Daphne Stone, President
    Katie Glew, Vice President
    Bruce McCune, Secretary-Treasurer


    We welcome your participation, either as a board member or a meeting participant. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact one of the board members and come to our annual board meeting.
  • 12 Jan 2015 4:50 PM | scot loring


    Hello Northwest Lichenologists and enthusiasts,

    It is that time of year again – the call for contributions to the 2015 Northwest Lichenologists Newsletter!

    We would like to see contributions from the following areas:

    Recent publications and web sites
    Results from forays and field trips
    Upcoming workshops/courses offered
    New and interesting lichen species
    Project descriptions and results – current and proposed
    Short communications, articles

    Short biographies

    Lichen jobs being advertised for the upcoming year

    We encourage interesting photos or links to web sites. If you would like to submit a short paper, keep in mind that it must already be edited for spelling and punctuation. As editors, we work on the formatting of submissions for the newsletter. We cannot accept papers that need grammatical revising.

    Besides the above suggestions, we will consider anything relating to northwest lichenology that you can think of – including artwork, poetry, photography, etc.

    Please send your submissions to Scot Loring <

    Submissions will generally be placed in their applicable section of the newsletter in the order received.  Please pass this e-mail on if you know of someone who is interested but does not receive postings on the NWL server. We would like to receive any submissions by February 20th.  Any entries received after that date will likely be placed in the 2016 newsletter.  Apologies for any multiple copies of this email, as we use multiple mailing lists.


    Scot Loring



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