Back 40 Novem­ber 2018 hike: Mush­rooms

■ Edi­ble, poi­sonous or medic­i­nal? Let’s find out!

The Weekly Vista - - News - CASSI LAPP City of Bella Vista Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager

BELLA VISTA — Get out into the woods to hunt for and iden­tify dif­fer­ent types of mush­rooms on the last of 2018’s Back 40 Story hikes.

The hike will be­gin at 11 a.m. Satur­day, Nov. 3, meeting at the park­ing lot of the Church of the Lat­ter Day Saints, 1 Lam­beth Drive. After a short in­tro­duc­tion, par­tic­i­pants will be shut­tled to the start of the hike and make their way to Blow­ing Springs to hunt for edi­ble, poi­sonous and medic­i­nal mush­rooms, then spread out and dis­cuss the finds for the day. Bring a sack lunch or a snack, if de­sired.

The hike will be led by “free-range, free­lance” my­col­o­gist Jay Jus­tice, a re­tired epi­demi­ol­o­gist who for­merly worked at the Arkansas Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity. He is a co-founder and sci­en­tific ad­vi­sor for the Arkansas My­co­log­i­cal So­ci­ety (1982) and a sci­en­tific ad­vi­sor to the Cum­ber­land My­co­log­i­cal So­ci­ety, as well as a chief my­col­o­gist for the Mis­souri My­co­log­i­cal So­ci­ety.

This hike will be ap­prox­i­mately 1.5 miles, with shut­tle ser­vice re­turn­ing to the church park­ing lot, and is mod­er­ately stren­u­ous. Ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing and shoes are re­quired. Par­tic­i­pants should also bring in­sect re­pel­lent, sun­screen and wa­ter. The Back 40 Trails are sin­gle­track, which means they are dirt, nar­row and some­times rocky or have ex­posed tree roots. The trails are not ap­pro­pri­ate for strollers. Friendly dogs are wel­come on a leash.

There is no cost for the hikes, which are pre­sented by the city of Bella Vista.

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