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  • 10 Feb 2018 10:00 AM | daphne stone

    Daphne Stone leads a walk through the forest and savannah at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, explaining what lichens are, what part they play in our lives and how they fit into the forest ecosystem. Rain or shine, bring hand lenses and raingear.

  • 08 Feb 2018 8:41 PM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Scot Loring and I put together a map and table of locations for past certifications, fall field events and blitzes. Fun to see where we have been! See News | Certification and Fall Field Trip Locations.

  • 06 Sep 2017 9:21 AM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Registration is now available for the 2017 certification in macrolichens west of the Cascade crest.  This year it will be in western Washington. This is always a fun event -- sign up for either the training side or the certification itself. See Events for more information.

  • 10 Aug 2017 7:30 PM | Katherine Glew

    Discovering Lichens

    Lichens are a vital yet overlooked part of the ecology in our local environment.  Dr. Katherine Glew is the Associate Curator of lichens at the University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum. She will discuss lichens; explain what they are, how they grow, and provide a list of the common types found in our forests.  She will also address common urban lichens and what their presence/absence can tell us about plants and air quality.

    Chico Alliance Church, 3670 Chico Way NW Bremerton, WA.

  • 11 Jun 2017 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew



    Dr. Katherine Glew will lead a lichen tour in the Cedar River Watershed, east of Seattle to introduce you to the fascinating lichens of the forest. If you have wondered about what a lichen is and why they are in the forest, this will be a great opportunity to view the lichen diversity in the watershed and learn the names of our most common species. There will be a short classroom session, followed by visits in the watershed, identifying and studying specimens collected from various forest habitats.


    Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Time: 10am to 3pm

    Bring: a hand lens and a few paper bags for collecting.

  • 09 May 2017 7:00 PM | Katherine Glew
    The Fascinating World of Lichens

    Talk presented by Katherine Glew.

    Katherine will discuss what lichens are, how they grow, where they are found, and the common types found in our urban and wild habitats.

  • 08 Apr 2017 4:56 PM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for the Lichens and People photo contest of 2017.

    The winner is the Lichen Desperados in the Blue Mountains by Terri Knoke, who will receive our Letharia-logo hat and cloth patch. First runner-up: Children admiring saxicolous lichens by Rabah Khedim. Second runner-up:Lichen mandala by Nathanial Stewart.

    See the winning photos at the bottom of the NW Lichenologists main page.

  • 29 Mar 2017 7:26 AM | Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    The latest issue of Kelseya (journal of the Montana Native Plant Society, spring 2017) has a report on our activities at the Milton Ranch in eastern Montana, "Exploring Mosses and Lichens in Musselshell County" by Andrea Pipp. Andrea organized a great event for us in an ecosystem that was unfamiliar to many of us but rich in lichens.

    Eventually this issue will be freely available at the MNPS website:

    Support your Native Plant Societies! They support us.

  • 14 Feb 2017 10:27 AM | daphne stone

    Printing more Letharia shirts!


    Pre-orders due by March 3, 2017.


    If you want to be sure you get what you want, please contact Daphne Stone at and let me know size, color and style.


    The styles we will be reprinting are:

    regular T in black and blue, sizes S-XXL

    women's T (narrower ribbing and slimmer cut) sizes S-XL

    black hoodie, zip-front  sweatshirts. sizes S-XXL

    women's black zip-front hoodie S (one size smaller than men's S)


    Also, if you want something different, for instance a green shirt or a long-sleeve, I can order whatever you want. Most shirts will cost the same as our T's, and I can let you know if the price is different before we order.

    We will not be reprinting the Lycan design but still have limited stock.

  • 06 Feb 2017 1:07 PM | daphne stone

    Daphne Stone will be teaching about the genus Cladonia at Siskiyou Field Institute, 11-12 April 2017.  Join us in exploring the magical, diverse and complex genus Cladonia, sometimes known as the pixie lichens. We will discuss the vocabulary of this genus, learn how to use the Cladonia key in McCune & Geiser, and try
    to identify collections found on local field trips. We’ll then test specimens with chemical spot tests and learn how to interpret the results. Class will emphasize common species in all their diverse forms; a slow pace of learning will be encouraged. Students will have time to enhance their Cladonia studies with drawing
    and photography.

    For information on location and cost, please go to SFI website.

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