Fungi of the Alpine Zone
Presented by: Linnea Gillman
Meeting at: Denver Botanic Gardens (NOTE: we are in a new location at DBG. Please see below for details) on May 11, 2015. The doors open at 7:00pm and the program will begin at 7:30pm
You would think that the area above tree line in
Colorado is an unlikely place to find mushrooms.
Actually, it has a diverse group of gilled
mushrooms and other fungi in spite of the severe
growing conditions – extreme cold, poor nutrients,
high winds and low humidity. These fungi are vital
to the ecosystem, both for decaying dead
vegetation, thus adding nutrients to the soil, and for
the symbiotic relationship between the fungi and
the vegetation (mycorrhizae) which funnels
nutrients to the plants, and in return, the plants
provide food for the fungi. We will look at the
fungi of the alpine zone and learn about their
importance to plant survival.
Linnea Gillman has been a member of the CMS for
42 years. She has an MS in Mycology from
Virginia Tech, studying under Dr. Orson K. Miller.
She is retired from the US Forest Service in the
Rocky Mountain Region
We are meeting in the Gates Hall at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street. Gates Hall is inside the Main building.
Foray schedule for 2015 is not available yet
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are held on the second Monday night of each month, from March
through October, at 7:30 PM. The doors open at 7:00. This year we are back at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007
York Street (Map).
The meetings are in Mitchell Hall. There is no charge to get into
the Botanic Gardens in the evening to attend a CMS meeting.
- CMS meetings provide an informal opportunity to
socialize and exchange information with others interested in mycology.
- Each meeting
features a lecture and/or slide presentation on mycology
or a related subject.
- Speakers include nationally known mycologists, outside
specialists and knowledgeable members
- Visitors & members are encouraged to bring the mushrooms
they find to the meetings.
- Knowledgeable members will be happy to help you identify the
mushrooms you have found.
Call for Volunteers for CMS — The Colorado Mycological
Society depends on volunteers from the membership to deliver its
services to the general membership. Many, if not most, of the volunteer
positions do not require extensive knowledge of mycology. What
they do require is enthusiasm and a willingness to
devote a few hours each month to the position.
Although most of
the committees currently have chairpersons assigned to them, there
are still a few that require a chairperson. If you would like to
volunteer for one of these "open" committee positions,
contact Karen Ryan by phone at 303-355-5966 or
If you would like to serve on a committee that is currently chaired
or obtain more information about the activities of the committee,
contact the chairperson directly.