ILWACO — An amazing variety of fungi thrive in the coastal Pacific Northwest. Join State Park Ranger Dane Osis for a program on these wild forest mushrooms at the Salt Hotel & Pub at the Port of Ilwaco on Nov. 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. This illustrated talk will cover what fungi are, their role in the forest along with identification tips for both edible and poisonous species. Feel free to bring in samples of mushrooms for identification.

Osis is an Oregon state park ranger at nearby Fort Stevens State Park. After gaining a foundation in mushroom identification through several college courses, he commercially picked mushrooms in the Siskiyou and Deschutes National forests. He has been teaching mushroom identification for the past 14 years at Fort Stevens State Park and has shared similar training at several Oregon State Parks and the Tillamook Forestry Center.

Salty Talk presentations are located upstairs in the Salt Hotel and Pub, located 147 Howerton Ave on the Ilwaco waterfront. The event is free to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. Come early or stay late for those wanting to grab dinner or beverage. Seating is limited. No reservations.

Salty Talks are in partnership with the SALT Pub & Hotel, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, with support from Friends of Columbia River Gateway.

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