Mushrooms and Other Fungi
Richmond National Battlefield Park is home to a diverse fungal population. The park's forests with their many wetlands, streams, and seeps create a protected, moisture-rich environment well suited to fungal growth. Mushrooms, as well as other fungi, play an important role in the park ecosystem. These organisms get their energy through the break down of organic materials, and in the process return valuable nutrients to the soil. This is especially important in older forests, such as at Gaines' Mill, where growth depends heavily on the availability of soil nutrients.
Did You Know?
The battle of Gaines' Mill outside of Richmond, Virginia, was the first Civil War battle where both sides got help from above--in the form of observation balloons.