Stebbins Gulch Fungi

Fungi on decaying log near the lower waterfall of Stebbins Gulch

For those fascinated by fungi, Stebbins Gulch is a wonderland, thanks to damp, shady, sheltered conditions and an abundance of downed trees.  Fungi have been called the champion log-rotters of the natural world.  Nothing in nature can break down and digest cellulose and lignin better than fungi.  They can penetrate the hardest wood, and are invaluable for recycling nutrients in the forest.  The part that we see above ground is the fruiting body that contains the spores used in reproduction.

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