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John Plischke

John Plischke III is a founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, which has become one of the largest mushroom clubs in North America. John has been awarded the club’s Distinguished Service Award. Within the WPMC, John serves as Walk and Foray Chairman, is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau, and is a noted mushroom identification expert for the WPMC, throughout Pennsylvania, and indeed throughout North America. He is the editor of two WPMC wild mushroom cookbooks. John is very much appreciated for his service to the State of Pennsylvania where he is past Chairman of the Fungus Section of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey, and contributed to the mushroom poster available at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources.

Plischke is a Life Member of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) and has been a trustee to both NAMA and the Northeastern Mycological Federation (NEMF). He is the recipient to two prestigious NAMA awards: Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology and The Harry and Elsie Knighton Award. John serves as Chairman of the NAMA Photography Committee; has developed two slide programs for NAMA he has presented lectures and other programs to many NAMA-affiliated mushroom clubs and mycological societies. Likewise he has made numerous contributions to NEMF and the NEMF website.

Plischke is the author of two books: Morel Mushrooms and Their Poisonous Look-alikes and Good Mushroom, Bad Mushroom. He has also contributed to more than a dozen other mushroom books. John is a nationally-known photographer and has won more than 85 national and regional awards for his mushroom photography. He is a well-known lecturer on all topics having to do with mushrooms and other fungi, and his portfolio includes 10 different mushroom programs.He can be reached at fungi01@aol.com.