Out class was mostly BLM people (ecologists, range conservationists and fire rehab people from as far away as Las Vegas, but mostly locals). We also had a private consultant, some Forest Service folks and a graduate student, among others. Overall, an excellent group that was very interested and contributed quite a bit to good discussion. I don't know where next years edition will be, but will post it when I know.
Roger was on fire, and should seriously consider a second career as a standup comedian. Overall he was in good form, as was his wife Anne, their turtle and tortoise friends, and their amazing native plants garden. I got some great photos, helped out by perfect overcast sky lighting.
|Acarospora schleicheri...the "prom queen" of Great Basin crusts. Look at me! Look at me!|
|Our field trip site was close to the rim of the Snake River Gorge. Not so bad on the eyes.|
|Syntrichia ruralis, "twisted moss", probably accounting for half the crust biomass out there. I'm very impressed with the macro function on my cheap camera!|
|Picture says it all.|
P.S. If you like any of these crust photos and want to use them, you may, just ask me first and credit this blog.