Date: July 12, 2014
A fair number of members made the trip to a new site for us – Richland Ridge in the Lake Towaway area. This is a planned residential development within which extensive areas have been placed under a conservation easement. Resident and AMC member Linda Martinson was our host. We forayed on trails and roadsides within the development, sampling a variety of forest habitats and ending with lunch in a delightful picnic area beside the headwaters of the French Broad River.
There were plenty of mushrooms to be seen, though our species total, at 47, was not outstanding, perhaps because it was still early in the season. The inedible Peck's Milk Cap, Lactarius peckii, and Peppery Milk Cap, L. piperatus, were fruiting in abundance, but happily so was the Cinnabar Chanterelle, Cantharellus cinnabarinus, and several people away with bags full of these bright fungal jewels.