Truffle Treasures

Truffle Treasures

Truffle Treasures

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When
Oct 24, 2020 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where
Issaquah Alps
Instructor
Class Tuition
$110.00
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Truffles are mushrooms that have evolved to grow underground, where they typically go unnoticed directly under your feet. Hundreds of truffle species are known in the Pacific Northwest, with likely many more waiting to be discovered. A few species are highly prized gourmet edibles that fetch exorbitant prices, while others are rare and of conservation concern. Join us for a day full of sensory engagement in the Issaquah Alps on a truffle treasure hunt! We will hone in on subtle clues found on the forest floor, making for a fun and rewarding time searching for these hidden gems.

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Most truffles rely on mycophagy (being consumed by animals) for reproductive dispersal and have evolved fascinating strategies to accomplish this. As with many above-ground mushrooms, nearly all truffles form symbiotic associations with a wide variety of forest plants. Biologist Scot Loring will share his wealth of stories, facts and skill as we move through the mountains. The only thing we'll be missing is a truffle hunting pig!

Scot Loring has worked as a biologist for a variety of Pacific Northwest entities for 25 years, 21 primarily as a consultant for the federal government. He is the founder and owner of Pacific Crest Consulting LLC, an environmental consulting company. He has inventoried many thousands of acres, discovered new species, new genera, and documented numerous other rare and interesting species occurrences within the Pacific Northwest. He also works with truffles at the USFS Forestry Sciences Laboratory  in Corvallis. He is currently involved in co-authoring the upcoming book Rare Truffles of Oregon.