The cool costal weather is ideal for mushrooms in the spring. Learn about mushrooms on the internet at www.mykoweb.com and other links. I am a member of the Los Angeles Mycological Soceity. Great area for being in and observing nature!over 7 years ago
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1. Elfin Forest
United States: California: Southern California: San Luis Obispo County: Los Osos
A protected area in/around Los Osos, California. So named because oak trees, that would elsewhere grow to 50-60 feet high, only grow to about 20-30 feet high here. And every spring they have a foray to find what mushrooms might be growing there. This year the date is Feb 18, 2006. Morro Bay is a nearby place where many people visit on the california coast. Bloe is an article written by www.slostateparks.com"
S.W.A.P. & The Elfin Forest:
The Elfin Forest Natural Area on the southeastern shore of Morro Bay is a diverse and complex assemblage of natural plant communities that includes coastal brackish marsh, riparian woodland fringe, pygmy oak woodland, grassland, coastal dune scrub and oak manzanita association. It supports a documented 25 species of mammals, over 110 kinds of birds, and 11 species of reptiles and amphibians. Chumash middens occur throughout property.
Public access is limited to foot traffic. Trails through the Elfin Forest provide many oportunities for passive recreation and outdoor education. In addition to its habitat and biological diversity, the Elfin Forest is an important buffer between residential development and the Morro Bay estuary that marks the northern end of a greenbelt around the community of Los Osos.
The Los Osos Morro Bay Chapter of Small Wilderness Area Preservation (SWAP)was organized in 1985 for the specific purpose of purchasing and preserving the Elfin Forest. In 1987, legislation authored by Assemblyman Eric Seastrand provided funding to purchase 51.2 acres of the Elfin Forest as an addition to Morro Bay StatePark. In 1994, as a result of the collaborative efforts of SWAP, San Luis Obispo County, the State Coastal Conservancy and the State Lands Commission, the remaining 38.9 acres were acquired as an ecological reserve.
While there are three governmental agencies with ownership of portions of the Elfin Forest, San Luis Obispo County acts as the lead agency in the administration of the Elfin Forest. SWAP has signed an “Adopt-A-Park” agreement with San Luis Obispo County and is developing a Resource Management Plan for the Elfin Forest. The management plan documents the current condition of existing resources within the Elfin Forest. provides goals, objectives and policies for natural resource protection and compatible uses within the Elfin Forest discusses the management of the Elfin Forest. The plan also provides guidelines for the management and preservation of the Elfin Forest by community volunteers working with county staff and in collaboration with educational institutions and other environmental organizations. It is hoped that the preservation of the Elfin Forest Natural Area can serve as a model for other public/private collaborative efforts.over 7 years ago