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Home to the Humongous Fungus (scientific name, Armillaria), the largest living organism on the ENTIRE planet is located just beneath your feet in Malheur National Forest! At 3.4 square miles, it lurks Read more...
Home to the Humongous Fungus (scientific name, Armillaria), the largest living organism on the ENTIRE planet is located just beneath your feet in Malheur National Forest! At 3.4 square miles, it lurks just below the surface waiting to pounce on unsuspected forest goers. And by “pounce" we mean very slowly sprout honey mushrooms, which is pretty much the only visible evidence that it exists. You’ll find plenty more than just fungus at this 1.7 million acre forest, as you dance by the river banks of the alpine lakes, frolic through wildflower meadows and sing (yodel?) your way through pine, fir, juniper and sage to the top of the Blue and Strawberry Mountains. Those are two separate ranges by the way, although blue strawberries would probably be delicious. This wonderful wilderness is not without peril, however, and we strongly suggest visiting the National Forest Website and calling the ranger station at 541-575-3000, before hand. It is also much to your advantage to check for weather and alerts as well as any necessary passes or permits you may need. Lastly, make sure to take a careful look at a map and plan your trip accordingly. Oh yeah we almost forgot. Don’t forget to have fun(gi)!