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2014 Dates to Remember

June 14, 2014 –Spring Foray to Slate Run Metro Park (Pickaway  County)

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 October 3-5, 10-year anniversary Fall Foray at the

Edge of Appalachia in Adams County.

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OMLA sponsors illustration in Flora of North America

The Flora of North America Editorial Committee recently offered bryologists the opportunity to help defray publication costs by sponsoring illustrations for volume 27 or volume 28 of FNA. These are the two moss volumes, of which 27 is completed and 28 will appear about mid 2013. Individuals and organizations sponsored one or more drawings, at a modest financial cost. Sponsors will have their names acknowledged in the introductory chapter of Volume 28. OMLA has chosen to sponsor Ohio haircap moss, Polytrichastrum ohioense, the only illustrated taxon with “Ohio” in its name. We’re pleased to be able to help with such a worthy endeavor, and look forward to seeing and using the new volume in mid-year.

OMLA-sponsored illustration in Flora of North America

OMLA-sponsored illustration in Flora of North America

The Ohio Moss and Lichen Association (OMLA) is an informal group of people interested in the study of these cryptogams. OMLA was born from an organizational meeting of a number of naturalists and professional educators held in June, 2004 at the Gorman Nature Center.

OMLA founders at Gorman Nature Center June 2004

Founders meeting of OMLA at Gorman Nature Center in June, 2004.

Goals of the association include encouraging amateur and academic students in study of these organisms, expanding the knowledge of lichen and bryophyte distributions in Ohio, and gaining a better understanding of rare lichens and bryophytes in Ohio.

OMLA pursues these goals through workshops and field trips (forays). The first Fall Foray was a two-day field trip to the Edge of Appalachia preserve system in Adams County (October, 2004). This was such a success that one member asked “So what are we doing next weekend?” It was decided to have a two-day foray every fall. OMLA also does one-day forays.

The First OMLA Foray: Edge of Appalachia in October, 2004.