Join us for classes, speaking events and guided forays on the Chugach National Forest land near Cordova - all lead by our expert mycologists and biologists. All forays depart from the Cordova Center. Transportation is not provided, and carpooling is encouraged.
Noah Siegel serves as a trustee for the Northeast Mycological Federation and North American Mycological Association (NAMA). Noah travels and lectures extensively across America, following the mushrooms. He is one of the premier mushroom photographers in the nation, having won numerous awards from the NAMA photography contest. His technique and attention to detail are unrivaled, arising from a philosophy of maximizing utility for identification purposes while maintaining a high degree of aesthetic appeal. He just finished, along with Christian Schwarz, Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, a comprehensive guide for the northern California coast.
Kate Mohatt is the Prince William Sound zone ecologist based on the Glacier Ranger District in Girdwood Alaska. She co-organizes the Girdwood Fungus Fair and the Cordova Fungus Festival and co-authored the Mushrooms of the National Forests in Alaska booklet. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR and completed a Masters in Plant Science at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT studying mycorrhizal fungi associated with whitebark pine. She has been collecting fungi in Alaska since 2006, with annual trips to the west coast in the fall and early winter to extend the mushroom season.
Far North Fungi
Gabe DeGange and Allison Dunbar started Far North Fungi in January 2017 in Fairbanks, AK but their mushroom journey began much earlier. They were both inspired to pursue mushrooms by a speech given by a famous mycologist at the Bioneers conference in 2011. They kept in touch, and after networking and exploring the separately, they decided it was advantageous to combine their skills and become business partners. Through much hard work, second jobs, trials and errors, the mushroom vision was realized and Far North Fungi was born. Don't miss their Mushroom Cultivation workshop!
Rick Van de Poll
Rick Van de Poll is a an ecologist/naturalist/wetlands scientist from New England, who has also taught in the Pacific Northwest. Last year's festival was his first trip to Alaska. Rick is joining us as a presenter/foray mycologist.
He has recorded over 1,300 mushrooms in New Hampshire, including a number of undescribed species. After studying with Dr. Harry Thiers at San Francisco State University, he taught Mycology at Antioch New England, and then Mycology as an adjunct faculty at Plymouth State University. He co-founded the Monadnock Mushroom Club, and the local Sandwich Area Mushroom (SAM) Club. You can read more about Rick here: http://www.rickvandepoll.com/.
Chef Laura Cole
Laura Cole is the owner and head chef of 229 Parks Restaurant & Tavern located at the entrance to Denali Park. Cole is passionate about Alaskan ingredients and works closely with farmers, ranchers and fishermen alike to source the best Alaska has to offer. Two James Beard nominations attest to her exciting impact on Alaskan Cuisine. Come see for yourself at the Wild Harvest Feast, on Saturday September 1st. Tickets are available by calling (907) 424-3334. Laura Cole is the guest of the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association fall Coho Media Tour.
Recently retired from the USFS- Cordova Ranger District, Ken has taken several mycology and fleshy fungi courses at Humboldt State University under the strict tutelage of Dr. David “Sergeant” Largent. His main fungal interests include identifying edible mushrooms and testing their culinary properties. Ken has lived in Cordova for 15+ years and spent most of that time "on the hunt" for anything that will cook up well or be preserved.