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In Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region, Vera Evenson describes more than 220 species of the region’s most conspicuous, distinctive, interesting, and ecologically important mushrooms. This comprehensive guide features introductory chapters on the basics of mushroom structure, life cycles, and habitats. Profiles include color photographs, keys, and diagrams to aid in identification, and tips on how to recognize and avoid poisonous mushrooms.

Covers Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as adjacent areas in Montana and Idaho


This site is the creation of Michael Kuo. With some exceptions, the site is based on his collections of North American mushrooms, made over the past 25 years, and the more than 1100 species pages here illustrate and describe these collections, along with collections that have been sent to him by others for study.


By David Arora
Simply the best and most complete mushroom field guide and reference book, Mushrooms Demystified includes descriptions and keys to more than 2,000 species of mushrooms, with more than 950 photographs. Mushroom authority David Arora provides a beginner's checklist of the 70 most distinctive and common mushrooms, plus detailed chapters on terminology, classification, habitats, mushroom cookery, mushroom toxins, and the meanings of scientific mushroom names. Beginning and experienced mushroom hunters everywhere will find Mushrooms Demystified  a delightful, informative, and indispensible companion.


"Edible wild mushrooms in Utah? We're too dry for that!


Don't believe it. We have some of the best mushroom crops in the world. This series is addressed to the many individuals who are curious about wild mushrooms, but are not necessarily interested in studying all the mushrooms of the world. Perhaps all you want is to be able to identify a few of the mushrooms you see all the time. All mushrooms included in this book are native to Utah. In fact, all the photos have been taken in Utah, generally in and around Salt Lake City. With this book, you don't have to worry about all the hundreds of different choices, you can search for a specific mushroom pictured and described on a page."


-Don Johnston, author


Ordering info: 

The book Mushrooms of Utah is produced privately by Don Johnston (has never been published). You can contact him on his identification Facebook group: (Can Direct Message him) Or email him at He usually charges $20.00



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Coloring Book

By Alison Neville
Five Star Rated-24 single sided coloring pages-matte-cover which can also be colored! Highly detailed and great for meditation and relaxation. Learn Mushroom identification the fun way 8.5"x 11" page size


University of Utah Continuing Education

Taught by Katie Lawson
Fungi are all around us playing critical roles in nearly every terrestrial ecosystem -- but how much do you really know about mycology? Explore the world of fungi, including the many ways we can partner with fungi to improve our planet. You'll learn about fungal biology and anthropology, medicinal mushrooms, and oyster mushroom cultivation in the hot desert climate. Leave with a fully assembled oyster mushroom grow kit for cultivating your first batch of mushrooms at home.


West High Community Education

Taught by Dan Potts
"Although I have been passionate about foraging since I was a teenager, I taught my first class through the West High Community Education program in the fall of 2011 with only 12 students in attendance.
As the years passed, the number of students continued to climb, mostly due to word of mouth, so I decided to also teach a spring class because of all the yummy things available then. I simply could not keep up with the demand as student numbers continued to climb, and as more people seemed to be increasingly interested in natural foods that were likely to be healthier to eat than much of the farm-raised foods available in the markets.
Most foragers assume that the best foraging is during the late summer and fall when the wild berries start to ripen and the high mountain mushrooms start pushing up through the ground after the monsoon rains. But I believe spring and early summer often supply foragers with a different source of yummy, healthy foods including greens, green vegetables, mushrooms, and surprisingly, even one fruit."


Local Mushroom Identification

Mushrooms of Utah is dedicated to the amateur mushroom collector who may wish to eat some of the mushrooms you’ve found. We will attempt to inform participants on various aspects of toxicity. In some cases, we will describe possible effects and let you make the choice whether or not to eat a particular mushroom. In no case will we indicate a mushroom is edible if there are any known risks to health. M of U will be a place where we can openly discuss edibility of mushrooms without repercussion.

We will attempt to help identify any mushroom posted on this page. We will also, on request, suggest whether you should eat this mushroom or not. Bear in mind, there is no rule of thumb to tell a poisonous mushroom from an edible one. You must know the specific identity of any mushroom.


Fungi Education

Workshops are tailored to the needs of the specific audience or group. We have worked with permaculture groups, the University of Utah, Alta Community Enrichment, and Wasatch Community Gardens to develop workshops that are optimal for their audiences.
Past and future workshops include introduction to cultivation, introduction to identification, and fungal ecology. We would also love to work with gardeners and farmers interested in learning more about how fungi contribute to their soil and crops.
Cultivation workshops are offered seasonally. 



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Interwoven with short essays on the lessons of the fungi, Radical Mycology begins with chapters that explore the uniqueness of fungal biology, the critical ecological roles of micro and macro fungi, skills for accurately identifying mushrooms and mycorrhizal fungi, the importance of lichens as indicators of environmental health, and the profound influences that fungi have held on the evolution of all life and human cultures. With this foundation laid, the reader is then equipped to work with the fungi directly. Techniques for making potent fungal medicines, growing fermenting fungi for food, and cheaply cultivating mushrooms using recycled tools (and yet still achieving lab-quality results) are explored in-depth. Subsequent chapters grow far beyond the limits of other books on mushrooms. Detailed information on the principles and practices of what McCoy calls "regenerative natural mushroom farming" is presented along with extensive information on cultivating mycorrhizal fungi and the science of mycoremediation (the application of fungi to mitigate pollution in our homes and environment).


In today's world of specialization, people are attempting to protect the Earth's fragile state by swapping limousines for hybrids and pesticide-laced foods for organic produce. At other times, environmental awareness is translated into public relations gimmicks or trendy commodities. Moreover, simplistic policies, like single-species protection or planting ten trees for every tree cut down, are touted as bureaucratic or industrial panaceas.

Because today's decisions are tomorrow's consequences, every small effort makes a difference, but a broader understanding of our environmental problems is necessary to the development of sustainable ecosystem policies. In Trees, Truffles, and Beasts, Chris Maser, Andrew W. Claridge, and James M. Trappe make a compelling case that we must first understand the complexity and interdependency of species and habitats from the microscopic level to the gigantic. Comparing forests in the Pacific Northwestern United States and Southeastern mainland of Australia, the authors show how easily observable speciesùtrees and mammalsùare part of a complicated infrastructure that includes fungi, lichens, and organisms invisible to the naked eye, such as microbes.


Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how.


Teaming with Fungi is an important guide to mycorrhizae and the role they play in agriculture, horticulture, and hydroponics. Almost every plant in a garden forms a relationship with fungi, and many plants would not exist without their fungal partners. By better understanding this relationship, home gardeners can take advantage of the benefits of fungi, which include an increased uptake in nutrients,