Cleanup event a chance to make contacts
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By Bill Hanson  February 15, 2013 12:00 am

Hi friends; I lived.

The Redwood Empire Divers Club (RED) is hosting the third annual Doran Park Underwater Cleanup event at the Jetty on Saturday March 9.

This is open to any divers, including skin, SCUBA, kayak, float-tube, inflatable and beach entry. The club, RED, extends the offer to those who want to establish contacts with other divers wanting to dive more.

They have a well-attended monthly club dive with room on boats for those without boats.

The club also hosts campouts around diving and potlucks with more seafood than anyone can eat. Contact Jerry Thoman at: for more on the club or the Jetty Cleanup details.

Fishing update
Fishing on the big rivers on the North Coast has been dynamite. Twenty-pound steelhead are not uncommon. There are many resources available before you go. I spoke with Brad Reiske at the McKinleyville Outdoor Living Center last week. They keep a ‘current conditions’ board updated daily. The friendly staff is open to give advice and steer visitors in the right direction. For more information, call 839-1587 or email attn. Brad Reiske

Slow mushroom hunt

Mushroom hunting is off this year. And it may have been caused by heavy rains, followed by the bitter cold in December and January, then the springtime weather in the dead of winter that gave the mycelium pause.

Katherine Mattes successfully bid on a foray as part of a Boy Scouts fundraiser last summer. I led her group of first time mushroomers on a foray Saturday. We found very few hedgehogs and one bouquet of Black Chanterelles, a total of one pound for five hours of looking.

Unfortunately, the coastal forest was beautiful, sunny and warm. Given the sunny weather, the springtime mushrooms now have the full attention of fungiphiles. Think burn sites from last summer, and then think morels.

Look for burns where there is still some green in the trees, usually at the fringe of a fire. Then keep your nose to the ground. Morels are hard to find, even when you are standing on top of them.

They also exude a definitive odor that may lead you to more of their friends. To learn more about morels go to and search the California Species Index under the letter ‘M’ scroll to morel for excellent descriptions, photos and specific morel information.

Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.

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