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Fungi in the Forest

Presented by Deschutes Land Trust Nature Nights 2023

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Central Oregon is home to a broad range of fungi. Many of them play an important role in forest health and are adapted to our fire-dependent region. Join Deschutes Land Trust and Oregon State University Extension Service regional fire specialist Ariel Cowan to learn all about fungi including fascinating fungal communication networks and how these inhabitants can even help our forests recover from fire. 

Ariel Cowan is an assistant professor of practice and regional fire specialist for Oregon State University Extension. Her research has included the impacts of fire on ectomycorrhizal fungi in ponderosa pine forests. Her experience in mycology began at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry. Since then, she developed a passion for fungal ecology and forest health through her work as a biologist, researcher, stewardship forester, and wildland firefighter. She is a proud member of the Central Oregon Mushroom Club. 

The Land Trust is working to make our events as accessible as possible. These events will feature:

  • A free livestream option. Registration will be required for the livestream.
  • An ASL interpreter.
  • Accessible parking, a ramped entrance, wheelchair seating, restrooms, water fountains, and assisted listening devices at the Tower Theatre. Learn more.
  • Please let us know at least one week in advance if there is something we can do or provide to support you in participating in this event to the fullest and we will accommodate as possible.

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