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Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Report

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Mushroom collecting in the Greater Yellowstone Area was relatively poor during the summer of 1999 due to a cool early season followed by dry weather during the summer. It was perhaps the poorest year of a long term study of Cortinarius, which Meinhard Moser and the late Vera and Kent McKnight began in earnest in the early 1980s; later joined by Joe Ammirati. None-the-less during the season Meinhard Moser was able to paint more than forty-five species for the monograph we are preparing on the Cortinarii of this region. At the end of the season, in late August, some good collections of Cortinarii were made at Sandpoint on Yellowstone Lake, and Lilypad Lake in Yellowstone National Park.