From December through early March 2023, Volunteers recorded observations of lichen species along trails across Mount Pisgah, specifically focusing on locating cyanolichens which are relatively uncommon, have specific habitat requirements, and are more sensitive to environmental change. Volunteers uploaded their observations to iNaturalist, where they were identified through a project managed by Mount Pisgah Arboretum staff. 

At the culmination of the project, 30 volunteers contributed more than 400 hours of their time, amassing more than 1,270 research grade observations and successfully identified locations of high value lichen habitat. The Mount Pisgah Lichen Inventory Project contributed significant, publicly accessible data, offering one of the most thorough biogeographical accounts of lichen species at a single site in the Willamette Valley.

Read the final report here!