The Yuba Watershed Institute has a new executive director! Chris Friedel has been actively engaged with the stewardship of California landscapes since 2004. In Marin County, he managed coastal riparian and wetland restoration projects for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service. In the Sierra Nevada, he has managed diverse projects for the South Yuba River Citizens League, Camptonville Community Partnership, and Yuba Watershed Institute, including salmonid habitat enhancement, environmental education, forest health, and biomass utilization. Chris began his current role as the YWI’s Executive Director at the beginning of April 2018, and is continuing the YWI’s legacy of collaborating with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to steward the forested lands of the San Juan Ridge.
The YWI is excited to announce that we have been awarded a Prop 1 grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy for our work making the forests of the San Juan Ridge more resilient to drought, fire, climate change, and bark beetles!
Check out our new ‘Inimim Forest web map to see some of the data we’ve been compiling to help us with a revision of the ‘Inimim Forest Management Plan.
Here is the schedule of events for the 20th Annual Yuba Watershed Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition. Visit www.yubawatershedinstitute.org for tickets and event info.
Saturday, December 9th
9:00 – 9:15 • Register and sign-up for a foray group. Please arrive by 9:00 to ensure your place in a group.
9:15 – 9:45 • Introduction to the Foray and Basic Forms of Fungi and Where to Find Them
10:00 – 2:00 • Wild mushroom hunt
2:00 – 3:00 • Fungi of Colorado/ North American Mycoflora Project – Andy Wilson
3:00 – 4:00 • Fungi of the Yuba Pass – Douglas Smith
4:00 – 4:30 • DNA Sequencing Described – Damon Tighe
Sunday December 10
Sunday we host the 7th annual Wild Mushroom Exposition. The Exposition will be filled with presentations, interactive displays, and workshops based on our seasonal Sierra mushrooms. Stop by anytime between 11 am and 4pm. There will be wild-crafted food concessions, mushroom merchandise available for sale, break-away mini hikes on campus (weather dependent), and lectures and workshops that celebrate fungi.
11:30 – 12:00 • Citizen Science With iNaturalist – Damon Tighe
12:00 – 1:00 • History of Truffle Cultivation in California – Todd Spanier
1:00- 1:30 • Cultivation of Fungi Overview – Christopher Hodge
1:45 -2:45 • Medicinal Mushrooms – Christopher Hobbs
3:00- 3:30 • Overview of Discoveries of the Weekend – TBD
We need a few more volunteers!
We are looking for a few more volunteers to make the event run smoothly, especially on Sunday afternoon. If you are interested and available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will get free admission to the event.
The 20th Annual Yuba Watershed Fungus Foray and Wild Mushroom Exposition is coming up on December 9-10. We are seeking volunteers to help make this year’s Foray a success!
Helpers will be needed on both days for the following tasks:
– Set up and break down
– Parking management
– Concessions and merchandise tables
– Children’s activities
– Food servers
– Soup making
Volunteers will receive free admission to the event. If you are interested, please contact Chris Friedel at email@example.com.