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  • 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.

  • 12 Dec 2014 7:25 AM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    The yearly meeting of NW Lichenologists, in conjunction with NW Scientific Association, is coming up in April, 2015. NWSA has just released its call for papers. Please submit an abstract and tell us what you have been doing. 

  • 14 Oct 2014 7:36 PM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    We a pleased to announce that we now have in hand volume 2 of Monographs in North American Lichenology, entitled Montana Lichens: An Annotated List.

    Why would a non-Montanan lichenologist want one?

    This is the first comprehensive summary of the occurrence, literature references, and ecological context for lichens in any state or province in the Pacific Northwest or northern Rocky Mountains. Because we also include reports from adjoining states and provinces, the book should be useful in a broad area. The monograph will be an invaluable reference for people delving into crustose lichens.
    So far, a total of 1074 species are documented from Montana. Of these, 283 species are new for the state and 19 are new to North America. We discuss the rare, threatened, and endangered lichens of Montana. Priorities for surveys and monitoring are evaluated by placing species in one of eight categories, based on all combinations of global rarity, ease of detection, and habitat vulnerability.

    For ordering information, please use the "Store" tab at the new NW Lichenologists website,

  • 23 Jun 2014 5:00 PM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)
    In June 2014 we began a transition to a new web site and method of communication. The new website combines all of our electronic functions into a single package. 


    The old email list (via lichenguild@NACSE.ORG) will be phased out and ultimately replaced by the News | Blog  and Forum pages on the new website. There you can post the same kinds of announcements, observations, and questions.


    Event Registration: In the future you can register for events, such as field trips or workshops, via the web site.


    You can still use our domain name to connect:

    Or you can use the new web address:

    They will take you to the same place.

    This is all very new, so there are bound to be some problems. If you find a problem, please let me know.

  • 19 Jun 2014 10:18 PM | daphne stone
      Frog’s Pelt, Pixie Cup and Old Man’s Beard: Lichens of the North Cascades on July 11th - 13th, 2014.

    Currently this program has five (5) spaces still available. Please tell your friends about this program, Frog’s Pet, Pixie Cup and Old Man’s Beard: Lichens of the North Cascades. We have many other engaging programs for 2014. Feel free to forward this North Cascades Institute link to your family and friends. Thank you for helping us get the word out. :-)

    Let me know if I can be of assistance in any way. Have a wonderful time!

    Warm regards,

    Alaina Douglass
    Registrar Assistant
    North Cascades Institute
    810 State Route 20
    Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
    (360) 854-2599
  • 03 Mar 2014 10:25 PM | Anonymous
    We are printing a batch of our new, glow-in-the-dark werewolf shirt. For those of you who are out of it, Lycans (werewolves) are the latest craze. You can imagine the misunderstandings that happen between us lichenologisits and the lurking lycanologists.

    We will be printing this batch in time for NW Sci Assoc meeting in Montana, and we will be selling pre-ordered and non-ordered shirts there and by mail. If you really want one and care about what size and style you want, please send your order to Daphne Stone by Monday 10 March 2014.

    See mock-ups of the 4 styles below. Please realize that the color of the moon, eyes and apothecia will not be this green - they will be a glow-in-the-dark color that will be greenish-white. All shirts will be black - the black is an integral part of the design.

    Shirt selection:

    • Men's regular T is a normal weight T, 100% cotton.
    • Ladies V-neck is lightweight but not sheer or tissue, 100% cotton.
    • Ladies T is similar to a regular T but the neckband is narrower, the sleeves and body are fitted and the sleeves are shorter than a regular T, 100% cotton.
    • Scoop neck is tissue-weight, runs 1 size smaller than a regular T, and sleeves are cut shorter, 60% cotton/40% polyester.

    Please look over the styles and order using the attached order form. If you will not be at NW Science Assoc in Montana, you can pick up from Bruce or locally in Eugene. Others need to arrange for pick-up or else pay for shipping.

    This is our way of raising funds for publishing much-needed monographs on lichenology.

    Happy Spring!
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