CUSP Mushroom Project Fall 2017 Inoculation

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Date(s) - 09/30/2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Meet at Evergreen Public Library

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The CUSP Mushroom experiment: “Fungal Degradation of the Woody By-Products of Forest Management Activities”

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Workday: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Project Location: Evergreen Colorado

Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate

Project Times: 9am-3pm

Meeting Location:  Meet at Evergreen Public Library

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Workday Description:

The CUSP Mushroom experiment is in its 3rd year of investigation. For the fall of season 3 (2017), we are planning a large scale inoculation outside of Evergreen CO.

CUSP is seeking volunteers who would be interested in a very different kind of outdoor project. We will be leveling a very large pile of wood chips and placing over 50 bags of living mushroom spawn into it. The mushroom spawn is of 4 distinct, native collected strains of wood rotting mushrooms.

Staff and Volunteer crew will meet at the Evergreen Library at 9:00 am on the workday to consolidate vehicles and carpool to the site. The site of this inoculation is on private property and we have been asked not to publicly release the address. We have previously guarded the actual locations of our test sites to avoid tampering or even vandalism.

Teams will help prepare the wood chip pile for inoculation of the mushroom spawn and careful documentation must be taken of the procedure. Spawn must be handled carefully and cleanliness is important. We ask all volunteers to shower the morning of the project and wear clean clothes with head coverings: Scarves or bandanas are fine.

Important Notes:

  • CUSP will provide gloves and face masks as needed.
  • Portable toilets are available on site.
  • A safety review and work demonstration will proceed the project work
  • Weather, which could create hazardous conditions, may cause the project to be canceled or rescheduled; staff will monitor weather and notify you of any changes, which will also be posted to this page.


Requirements of Volunteers:

Prior to the project each volunteer must submit a completed Liability Release form, CUSP 2017 Release Form.

Please print documents on both sides.

Please Bring:

  • A daypack to carry water and lunch
  • A refillable water container, we will have Igloos for refills at the site(s)
  • Any applicable medicines (including epi-pens, insulin and inhalers)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses or safety glasses
  • Long pants are required and long sleeved shirts are strongly recommended
  • Work gloves (we will have some if you do not)
  • Sturdy shoes with good tread; no sandals please
  • A sack lunch, to carry with you

What to Expect:

These projects will occur in an exposed mountain environment. Please be aware and prepared for potential hazards, including but not limited to: driving on mountainous roads with loose gravel and flash flood potential; exposure to sun, wind, lightning and rapidly changing weather conditions; working with sharpened tools in areas with unstable terrain and footing; hiking at significant elevation. Medications may have adverse effects in sun, heat or altitude; please list medications and medical conditions on the CUSP release form so staff may be aware of potential concerns. Know your limitations and inform staff immediately if you become ill or injured. Be prepared to exit quickly in the event of an emergency or changing environmental conditions.  Please be prepared to hike at high elevation in varying weather conditions. Drinking water prior to your arrival will aid in the oxygenation of your blood, making you less prone to altitude sickness. Please drink plenty of water prior to and during the project to stay hydrated.

GPS systems and Internet map sites are often misleading in the mountains. Cell phone service will be inconsistent or unavailable.

The below office number can be contacted in case of emergency.

The Coalition for the Upper South Platte

Post Office Box 726

Lake George, Colorado 80827



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