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Ask Dr. Universe: Why do mushrooms grow in rings?

Dr. Universe: Why do mushrooms grow in rings? We have a lot of giant ones in our yard right now! – Layne, 8, Spokane Dear Layne, When you see a ring of mushrooms, it’s likely they are exploring for food under the ground. Giant mushrooms in your backyard are not animals or plants. They are part of another class of living organisms called fungi.

Review: Mushrooms are new superheroes in documentary ‘Fantastic Fungi’

Director Louie Schwartzberg, with the aid of gorgeous time-lapse photography and mycophilic talking heads including Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone and Andrew Weil, covers a lot of ground – pun intended – from mushrooms’ role in developing the human brain to their healing history (think penicillin).

Morel mushroom harvesting permits go on sale

Morel mushroom permits will go on sale May for commercial harvesting of mushrooms in the Jolly Mountain fire area, according to a news release from the Okanogon-Wenatchee National Forest.

Canadian firm plans Oregon mushroom farm; 200 jobs projected

Officials of Farmers Fresh Mushrooms were not looking to expand beyond Canada, but as the saying goes, one thing led to another, and now they are looking to start up a farm outside of Vale, projecting employment of around 200 people.

On the hunt: Lithuanians race to pick wild mushrooms

Hundreds of Lithuanians ran around with baskets and buckets Saturday in a southeastern pine forest. Why you ask? It’s the national championship of wild mushroom picking – a competition always held on the last Saturday in September.

Puffball is family-size mushroom meal

MUSHROOMING -- Local mountain man Ed Cairns stumbled onto this giant puffball Thursday. No injuries reported. "It's what's for dinner," he said.

Morels, wild turkeys highlights of morning hiking exploration

FORAGING -- Back home from a week out of the country, I headed into the lowland forests this morning to exercise the dog and see what's changed. I wasn't surprised to see the arrowleaf balsamroot blooming or the white serviceberry blossoms brightening the hillsides. However,...

Learn about growing mushrooms and more

The University of Idaho Extension and Idaho Department of Lands are hosting Growing Forest Mushrooms and Forest Edibles workshops.

Mushroom picking rules set by Forest Service

PUBLIC LANDS -- Morel mushrooms are beginning to show in the region's national forests. They're free to harvest, but commercial gathering is prohibited on national forests in this region, and anyone harvesting large amounts of mushrooms must obtain a permit. Here are details posted this...

Mushroomers licking their chops as first morels emerge

WILD EDIBLES -- More good news from the great outdoors: Morels have begun emerging in certain areas, as photographer Bruce Andre documented this weekend. Another reason to live at large in the Inland Northwest. Last year, the region enjoyed a bumper crop of morels responding...

Heavy rains lead to wild mushrooms popping up across the Inland Northwest

As the Inland Northwest experienced one of its wettest months on record in October, the microorganisms underneath our feet quietly worked on setting records of their own. In lawns, backyards and forest walkways, perceptive onlookers can see a curious site if they dare to look: mushrooms, sprouting up everywhere.