Meet Ashley Lieber. Ecological artist hunting moss in Michigan.
“Right now I have lichen from Finland, and other tree lichen from the Pacific Northwest. I have stuff from Brazil, Chile and Norway. I have only begun to harvest lichen in our bioregion. I felt it essential that I was educated on what I was harvesting. Surprisingly, our bioregion – the Midwest – has endangered lichen that are really rare, and they’re absolutely sensational. A lot of them tend to grow on decaying apple trees, which is really interesting.”
“The lichen I’m harvesting now have been ground lichen. I literally have gone into open fields where there must have been 2,000 pounds of – a mile wide, for as far as you can see. It’s exciting that I’m able to do some of the gathering on my own now.”