What is NATS? Founded in 1978, the North American Truffling Society is a non-profit organization based in Corvallis, Oregon, that brings together amateurs and professionals who are interested in hypogeous (belowground) fungi. The mission of NATS is to enhance the scientific knowledge of North American truffles and truffle-like fungi, and promote educational activities related to truffles and truffle-like fungi.

Why should I join NATS?  All NATS activities are free and open to the public. NATS members receive a periodic newsletter, postcard or email notification of upcoming events, and the peace of mind that comes with supporting the NATS mission. We have members in 27 states and 7 countries.

How do I join NATS? Annual dues are $15 for individuals (plus $10 for each additional family member), and $20 for international memberships (in US$, please). You can join online, or download a membership form. NATS membership dues (and contributions to the Henry Pavelek Sr. Scholarship Fund) are fully tax-deductable.


Announcements:

Hot off the press: NATS has developed an "Ethical, Sustainable and Common Sense Guide to Harvesting Truffles". By following these guidelines to protect the truffle environment and minimize harvest of immature truffles, we can help to ensure the sustainability of Oregon truffling.

NATS Foray Leader needed: NATS is seeking a volunteer to lead monthly forays a few times a year; you don't need to be able to identify truffles. We have plenty of ideas for foray destinations and it's a great way to meet great people! Contact the trufflemaster if you're interested.

Truffle Dog Training: NATS offers truffle dog training courses periodically, depending on demand. If you are interested, please contact Marilyn Hinds to put your name on the list. We will schedule a training session when we reach quorum, so let us know!

New Oregon law (ORS 164.813) requires a permit to harvest and transport special forest products, including truffles and mushrooms. Deputies are actively enforcing this regulation and violators face substantial fines.


Upcoming Events:

October 20-22: The Yachats Mushroom Festival calls all fun guys and fun gals to enjoy a weekend of delectible wild forest mushroom cuisine, expert led mushroom walks, talks and exhibits, culinary classes and fungi arts workshops, culinary mushroom markets, wine tasting, and live entertainment. Guided mushroom walks and exhibits are free and open to the public.

October 29: The annual Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Show in Eugene features a huge mushroom exhibit, great live music, food, childrenís activities, hay rides, nature walks and a scarecrow contest. The festival is loaded with fun things to do for everyone in the family. A wide variety of mushrooms, plants, and arts and crafts will be on sale, with proceeds supporting the Arboretumís work in environmental education and habitat restoration. This event is one of the largest mushroom displays on the West Coast. Bring the entire family (except the dog) to enjoy the festival. Suggested donation $5, children under 12 free.

November 3-5: November foray to H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, near Blue River east of Eugene. The H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest is operated by the Forest Service and Oregon State University, and features many acres of forest habitat, from old growth to thrifty young stands. The headquarters compound has dorms for comfortable lodging, but capacity is limited to about 20-25 people. Each dorm has 4 bedrooms with two bunks each and a fully equipped kitchen. Bunks are $25 per person per night, and there are a few trailer spaces on site ($5/night). You will need to bring your own bedding and pillow, and be prepared to pay for your lodging by check when you arrive (credit cards and cash are not accepted).

The agenda is to get settled in Friday evening, head out for a full day of foraging on Saturday, have a potluck dinner Saturday evening, Sunday morning forage some more and and head on home. Checkout Sunday is 11am, and we must leave the dorms clean. Please email the trufflemaster to reserve lodging. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed anywhere on the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.

November 7: General meeting, 7:30pm. The speaker will be Dr. Pablo Martin presenting "Mushrooms: an excellent opportunity to reduce fire risk." Dr. Martin will discuss how value can be added to forests by developing sustainable mushroom harvest practices, and the importance of understanding the effect of fire on fungal communities and how silvicultural treatments regarding fire could affect fungi. He presentation will feature photos from forest ecosystems in Spain. The meeting will be held in room 2087 at Cordley Hall on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Cordley Hall is reached via Orchard Avenue east of 30th Street; click here for a street map. Room 2087 is on the second floor on the south side of the building; click here for a building map. Parking in any of the A1 lots is free after 5pm.

December 2: Meeting and Potluck: Our annual potluck begins at 6pm and is held at the Corvallis Senior Center, on 27th St. one block north of Harrison in Corvallis. Bring a dish to share (please provide a list of ingredients for those on restricted diets), tableware, and the beverage of your choice. NATS provides coffee and tea. Open to the public. The speaker will be Dr. Randy Molina who will present "A Black Truffle EcoTour in Spain - Great truffle hunting, food, wine, and adventure".

This is a great opportunity to renew your annual dues, donate to the scholarship fund and bid on table centerpieces, proceeds to go to the Pavelek Memorial Scholarship fund. There will be raffle items for the lucky winners to choose from. 2017 officers will be elected, and a scholarship will be awarded. Plan to attend and enjoy a fun evening with friends. Happy Holidays!

January 25: The 4th annual Joriad Truffle Dog Competition in Eugene initiates two weeks of Oregon Truffle Festival activities.

January 26-28: The main events of the 13th annual Oregon Truffle Festival will be held in and around Eugene, Oregon over three brisk winter days. Created to celebrate the magnificent Oregon truffles as they reach the peak of ripeness in their native soil, it is the first festival of its kind in North America, dedicated to sharing the experience of the chefs, foragers and fans of Oregon's wild truffles, from their hidden source in the forest to their glory on the table. Festival events include educational seminars, truffle dog training, field trips, a truffle marketplace, and of course a variety of gourmet food events, culminating in the Grand Truffle Dinner.

February 16-18: The 13th annual Oregon Truffle Festival culminates with events in Oregon's wine country around the towns of Newberg and Yamhill, including fine dining and truffle foray options.


General Foray Information: Forays are usually held the first Saturday of most months from November through June, rain or shine, usually within a 60-80 mile radius of Corvallis. Forays are open to the public and everyone is welcome, whether or not they are a NATS member. We typically meet at 10:00am and are out in the field until to mid-afternoon. Well-behaved dogs are welcome unless otherwised mentioned. Many folks bring their own cars so they can leave when they want to, though we certainly encourage carpooling when possible.

What to Bring to Forays: Bring a lunch and dress for the weather. Bring a garden rake ("cultivator") with 4-5 widely spaced tines if you have one; if you don't there are usually extras.

General Meeting Information: Meetings are held at 7:30pm on the Tuesday following the first Saturday of the month, from October to June, in room 2087 at Cordley Hall on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Cordley Hall is reached via Orchard Avenue east of 30th Street; click here for a map. Room 2087 is on the second floor on the south side of the building; click here for a building map. Parking in any of the A1 lots is free after 5pm.

For additions or corrections, please e-mail the webmaster. Please read this website for your answers before making further inquiries. We post foray information as plans develop, and if it's not yet here, it's not yet available. Thanks!

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