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Hi all first time poster. I've read mycillium running and played around with trying to grow fungi but was always inspired by ecological restoration. I recently got married and now my father in law will let me on his 120 acres

The land was logged in the past ( a tpz in humbolt county). I'd like to restore some of the land using mycillium and also start some gourmet mushroom patces for my personal consumption. I haven't yet taken inventory of the types of mushrooms yet.

For the most part all the plants/ trees appear to be native except for a really old orchard with some old growth and lots of streams. Do I need to be concerned about the type of fungi I introduce?

Anyone have any experience or advice with this? 
 
Joel Hollingsworth
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I would talk to local mushroom hunters, maybe collect some rhizomorph to propagate on damp cardboard.

Scott Kellogg & Stacy Pettigrew wrote an interesting book on ecological/economic restoration. They've used oyster mushrooms to clean up petrochemicals. The method from that book is as follows:


1. Soak cardboard in non-chlorinated water for a few minutes
2. Tear the cardboard open to expose the corrugated curls. Place the rhizomorph on the open face of one piece of cardboard, and cover it with a second one.
3. Rewet, being careful not to damage or wash away the rhizomorph, and place the cardboard in a shady location. Keep damp.
4. Check once a week to see if the mycelia have colonized the cardboard.

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After the mycelia have thoroughly colonized the cardboard, they can be mixed ith more cardboard...Alternatively, a piece of colonized cardboard can be mixed with a bucket of coffee grounds
 
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paul stamets says that fumgi produce indecent amount of spores that get carried bythe air an drain down on us all the time so it seems that fungi spores woudl get carried round th eworld in the air however their do seem to be fun¡gi tha tgrow in one place and other fungi tha tgrow in another .
some types of fungi grow on dead plant material so if you put down a covering of wood chips everyyear you will get them.and if htere isnot much of such material you wont accordign to paul stamets. read his book the book i have of his is "mycelium running" that will give you masses of information, agri rose macaskie
 
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