Upcoming Forays/Workshops of the
Ohio Moss and Lichen Association

The Summer Foray will be held on June 15 in Wood County.  Jim Traub and Janet Toppin will organize the event. 

Kathy and Bob Long are organizing the Fall Foray.  This year it will be held in northeast Ohio and neighboring PA.  The dates for the foray are September 28 -29. 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

What is a Foray? We have many new OMLA members, so here is an explanation of a foray.  The purpose of the foray is to collect as many species as possible. Typically the Fall Foray is a 2-day one, while the Summer Foray is Saturday only. The group meets either Saturday morning and goes to a selected natural area and spreads out to collect (permits are arranged in advance).  For 2-day forays a “scope room” is reserved and on Saturday late afternoon and evening, the group  works on the identification of the material collected.  Many members have their own scopes, but there are always a few extras around for those who don’t have scopes.   A new member might want to pair up with a more advanced person to learn some techniques. Sunday, after breakfast, the group again goes to a selected natural areas to further collect.  

Perhaps the most important mission of OMLA is to further knowledge about the distributions of mosses and lichens, and each foray concentrates on a particular county. Forays are a great way to make friends with folks interested in cryptogams.

 Please contact the trip leaders to let them know you’re planning to attend. Alternatively, or if you have any questions about this trip or OMLA in general, please email the webmaster.

 ……………………………………………………