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Mycological Association

What NAMA Is:

The North American Mycological association NAMA is a non-profit organization of professional and amateur mycologists that includes over 65 mycological societies in the United States and Canada. NAMA is committed and dedicated to the promotion of scientific and educational activities related to fungi. NAMA supports the protection of natural areas and their biological integrity. NAMA advocates the sustainable use of mushrooms as a resource and endorse the responsible mushroom collecting that does not harm the fungi or their habitats.

What NAMA Does:

  • Holds an annual conference/foray in different parts of the United States, often with short courses in mycology, always with lectures by professionals

  • Publishes six issues per year of a newsletter, The Mycophile, which gives mycological news and reports, notice of events of interest to members, reviews of recent books, and poison information.

  • Publishes an annual journal, McIlvainea, that contains articles by leading professional and amateur mycologists.

  • Conducts an annual photo contest and loans slide sets of the winning slides of each contest. Conducts a round-robin slide exchange.

  • Publishes an annual directory of members and mushroom clubs.

Why you should join NAMA:

Increase your knowledge of mushrooms and other fungi. Keep you informed about activities in the field. Put you in touch with people who have a similar interest in mycology, whether it is taxonomy, ecology, toxicity, mycophagy or the many other practical uses of fungi.

The 1999 NAMA Conference:

The conference will be held on August 12 -15, 1999 in Missouri. The chief identifiers will be Dr. Walt Sundberg and Dr. Andy Methven. Sign up information will be in the March issue of Mycophile.

Members of CMS:

NAMA memberships are for "families". That means you and your significant other, plus all your children under 18 can join for one low membership fee. Members of CMS receive a discount on NAMA membership if they join through CMS. Send a check for $20 made payable to NAMA to:

Howard Brown
CMS Treasurer
2527 Lake Meadow Drive
Lafayette, CO. 80026

Visit NAMA's website at

Contact NAMA's Executive Secretary by Mail:
Mr. Joe Miller
North American Mycological Association
10 Lynn Brooke Place
Charleston WV 25312-9521

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