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Wed. Nov. 19th Program: Moss, Lichen and Fungi: Our Evergreen Northwest with Deborah Smeltzer

posted Nov 11, 2014, 1:21 PM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Nov 11, 2014, 1:29 PM ]

Are you liking the lichen?

Bog or beaked?  Plumed or tangled?  Ragbag or witchs hair?

Why do mosses and lichens cover our world here in the Northwest?

What part do they play in the growth of the forest or in keeping our air clean?

There are very few places on earth that have the cool moist climate perfect for the growth of so many species of moss and lichen.  

WSU Master Gardener Deborah Smeltzer will give a presentation on these necessary organisms and their place in our environment Wed., Nov. 19, 7 p.m., at the Camano Multipurpose Center (blue building next to animal shelter), 141 N East Camano Drive.  From the natural forest to the naturalized garden, with slippery sidewalks in between, you will learn more about how to, if not love them, at least live with them in a healthy manner.  The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by FOCIP, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month.  For information, call 360-387-2236 or e-mail

But wait, there's more!  Join Russ Holmes for a field trip on Saturday to see first hand the principles discussed in the program.