Fungi play an important role in forest ecology. Their hyphae (underground structures) break down deadwood, recycling the nutrients. They also serve a helper role in forest metabolism and many conifer trees cannot exist without mycorrhizae interface in their root systems. Of course many animals, from the smallest bugs to large hikers eat the mushroom. It is a pretty big industry and wild mushroom turf wars are known in Oregon.
Elegant mosses and Sword fern
This Big Leaf Maple leaf looks like it fell right out of 1969. Pretty groovy, isn't it?
And this mushroom...I suspect some might think it pretty groovy too...
I'm not going to try it. You try it!