The Pacific Northwest Key Council is dedicated to the creation and publication of field keys to the fungi of the Pacific Northwest. It was initiated in 1974 by Kit Scates of Post Falls, Idaho, and developed with the support and supervision of Dr. Joseph Ammirati and the late Dr. Daniel Stuntz, both of the University of Washington. The geographic area covered is southern British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and western Montana.
The Key Council keys are identified in the SOURCES section of the description files by [PNW Keys]
The following gilled mushroom keys or trial keys had been introduced by October 1998:
|Coprinus||1981||Fred Van De Bogart|
|Cystoderma||1977||N. Laycock and R. Sandahl|
|Pholiota||1981||Tina Gospodnetich & Kit Scates-Barnhart|
|Pleurotus & allies||1981||Dorothy Brown|
Many people contributed to the development of this program, especially members of the Pacific Northwest Key Council (particularly Michael Beug), members of South Vancouver Island Mycological Society, and the many photographers. Particular thanks are due to Adolf and Oluna Ceska who inspired Ian to look at mushrooms in the first place.
Thanks are due to Michael Wood, Fred Stevens, Taylor Lockwood, Boleslaw Kuznik and the other contributors to the MykoWeb web site (www.mykoweb.com), who generously gave their permission to use images in this program. See MykoWeb.